Chinese climbers killed in Pakistan attack

(AP)

Two survivors and 10 bodies of tourists in terrorist attack in Pakistan’s northern area of Gilgit-Baltistan arrived in the capital city Islamabad on Sunday morning local time.

The survivors, one form China and one from Nepal, and the 10 bodies, including two Chinese victims, were airlifted from Gilgit, capital town of Gilgit-Baltistan, to the country’s capital Islamabad via a military C-130 plane, and landed on Sunday afternoon.

Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong and Pakistan Interior Minister meet them at the parking apron in the airport.

The bodies then will be preserved by Pakistan’s medical research center.

The Chinese survivor Zhang, who came from southwest China’s Yunnan Province, said as he used to be an armed policeman, he struggled to free himself from the terrorists during the attack. The bullet flew over his head, and he only suffered from a little scratch.

Zhang said he was feeling fine and ready to go back home to meet his family in a few days.

According to officials and local media reports, the attack took place on early June 23 at a camp located 6,500 meters high above the sea level in the mountains of Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world.

An estimated 10 to 12 militants, reportedly dressed in police uniforms, first kidnapped two local tourist guides who guided them to the camp in Fairy Meadows in the Diamir area of Gilgit.

The militants woke up all the tourists in sleep and ordered them to come out of their residency and started spraying bullets indiscriminately at them, local media quoted eyewitnesses as saying.

According to Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, the 10 victims are from China, USA, Nepal, and Ukraine. They were all professional mountaineers.

Jundallah, a fraction of Pakistan Taliban, have taken the credit for the massacre.

Pakistani security forces have cordoned off all the roads leading to the attack site to hunt down the attackers.

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