At least 11 people, nine of them foreign tourists, died in a Taliban attack on their camp on Nanga Parbat, one of the world's 14 peaks rising more than 8,000 meters (26,000 feet) above sea level and located in far northern Pakistan, a police spokesman told Efe on Sunday.
The foreign victims were mountaineers - five Ukrainians, three Chinese and a Russian - and the other two people killed were Pakistanis, presumably guides, the superintendent of the northern district of Diamer, Abdur Rahim, said.
The attack took place about 1 a.m. in a rather high and inaccessible area.
The attackers killed the mountaineers with gunfire, the police spokesman said.
"A Chinese citizen survived the attack. The security forces were dispatched to the site and a helicopter was sent to transport the bodies to Islamabad," Rahim said.
A spokesman for the Taliban movement in Pakistan, Ehsanullah Ehsan, claimed responsibility for the attack in remarks to the daily Express Tribune.
Violence is an ongoing phenomenon and comes in diverse forms in Pakistan, where a myriad of Taliban and jihadist groups, as well as Al Qaeda members who have taken refuge there, operate and in the past have staged a number of attacks against foreigners.
Attacks on tourists, however, are more unusual and are not generally staged along the lines of the recent strike, which resembles assaults launched by the Taliban insurgency against lodgings housing foreigners in neighboring Afghanistan. EFE