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.