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Current Event Cat of the Day: Nanga Parbat

Current Event Cat - Pakistani Militants nanga Parbat

Pakistani gunmen killed 10 foreign tourists in a shooting spree on one of the world’s highest peaks, Nanga Parbat – also known as Killer Mountain.

Around 15 gunmen attacked the camp at around 11 p.m. on Saturday after abducting two local guides. The armed militants entered the base camp of Nanga Parbat in northern Pakistan disguised as policemen and opened fire on the tourists. Some tourists managed to flee but those who didn’t were shot dead. The attackers also beat up the Pakistanis who were accompanying the tourists, took their money and phones and tied them up.

The dead foreigners included three Ukrainians, two Slovakians, two Chinese, one Lithuanian, one Nepalese and one… American!!

The Pakistani Taliban has already claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was retaliation for a recent U.S. drone strike that killed the Taliban’s deputy leader, Waliur Rehman, on May 29.

“Our attacks on foreigners will continue to protest over drone strikes,” a spokesman for the militant group said, “By killing foreigners, we wanted to give a message to the world to play their role in bringing an end to the drone attacks.”

Pakistan’s mountainous north was considered relatively safe… until now. And Nanga Parbat was one of the main attractions in the country… until now. Long story short, the shootings aren’t great news for Pakistan’s struggling tourism industry. However, the tourists in question probably should have clued in after seeing the “Killer Mountain” sign. That and the large number of Islamic militant groups roaming the area.

Via: The Huffington Post & Current Event Cats

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