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Chinese-American was target of Pakistan mountain massacre: Report

Published on Jun 29, 2014 10:47 AM
In this photograph taken on June 13, 2014, tourist enjoy the view near Nanga Parbat, Pakistan's second-highest mountain. A Chinese-American man was the main target in the June 22, 2013 massacre of 10 foreign climbers. -- PHOTO: AFP  

GILGIT, Pakistan (AFP) - The massacre of 10 foreign climbers on Pakistan's "Killer Mountain" a year ago came after a failed attempt to capture a Chinese-American to use him as a high-value bargaining chip, officials and militant sources have told AFP.

The June 22 attack at the base camp for the 8,126-metre Nanga Parbat, Pakistan's second-highest mountain - nicknamed for its treacherous terrain - was the deadliest assault on foreigners in the troubled nuclear-armed country for a decade.

Through interviews with multiple officials, militants and negotiators assigned to bring the culprits out of hiding, AFP has been able to piece together a picture of the events surrounding the slaughter and its aftermath.

One year on, with tourism in the northern Gilgit-Baltistan region still suffering, most of the 10 suspects implicated in the attack are still at large, while sources close to the investigation have cast doubt on the guilt of some of those arrested.

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