23 Jun 2013

Pakistan Taliban claim killing of tourists

10:00 pm on 23 June 2013

Pakistan's umbrella Taliban movement has claimed responsibility for killing nine foreign climbers in the Himalayas, saying it had created a new wing to attack foreigners to avenge United States drone strikes.

A spokesman said the killings were intended to avenge the death of the second in command of the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban in a drone strike late last month.

AAP reports that on Sunday night, gunmen stormed a hotel in a remote part of northern Pakistan and killed the foreign tourists and a Pakistani guide.

The attack on the five Ukrainians, three Chinese and a Russian took place in a remote resort area near the base camp for the snow covered Nanga Parbat mountain.

The area is a popular destination for adventurous trekkers.

The gunmen fled after the attack.