- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 23, 2013

Gunmen wearing police uniforms killed nine foreign tourists and one Pakistani early Sunday morning as they were visiting one of the world’s highest mountains, Nanga Parbat, in northern Pakistan, officials said.

One Chinese-American, five Ukrainians, two Chinese and one Russian were among those killed, Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said, according to the Associated Press. One Chinese tourist was rescued.

The attackers, wearing uniforms used by the Frontier Constabulary, beat up the Pakistanis who were accompanying the tourists and took their money and tied them up, said a senior local government official.

They shot to death one of the Pakistanis, possibly because he was a minority Shiite Muslim, said the official, the AP reported.

The attackers then robbed the foreigners and shot them all. It’s unclear how the Chinese tourist who was rescued managed to avoid being killed, the AP reported.



No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

“God willing, we will find the perpetrators of this tragic incident,” said Syed Mehdi Shah, the chief minister of the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan.

The government suspended the top police chief in the area following the attack and has ordered an inquiry into the incident, the AP reported.

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