Pakistani security forces have arrested two suspects in connection with an attack that killed nearly a dozen people in a remote and mountainous area in northern Pakistan.
“One of the suspects, Qareeb Ullah, was a member of the Pakistani Taliban movement and he was involved in planning and executing the killing of tourists at Nanga Parbat base camp,” Mohammad Naveed, a senior police official in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Diamer District, said on Thursday. On June 23, ten foreign tourists and a Pakistani guide were killed by militants disguised as Pakistani security forces at the base camp. The attack occurred as the foreigners were preparing to climb Nanga Parbat, which is part the Himalayan Range and the ninth highest mountain in the world. Naveed did not reveal any information regarding the identity of the second suspect, but said, “The suspects killed the Diamer police chief and two military officers investigating the Nanga Parbat incident (last month).” Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the assault was in revenge for the death of their deputy commander Wali-ur-Rehman in a US drone strike in May. Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Pakistan entered an alliance with the United States in the so-called war on terror. Thousands more have been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy sweeping across the country.