Gunmen kill 9 foreign tourists, 1 Pakistani

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Associated Press

Posted on June 23, 2013 at 4:03 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 23 at 4:07 AM

ISLAMABAD (AP) — One of the world's highest mountains in a remote area of northern Pakistan is the scene of a deadly attack by gunmen wearing police uniforms who killed nine foreign tourists and one Pakistani before dawn today.

The dead foreigners included five Ukrainians, three Chinese and one Russian. Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also says one Chinese tourist was rescued. Earlier reports indicated 11 foreign tourists were killed.

The attack took place at the base camp of Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world. It's unclear if the group was climbing or just visiting.

The shooting is likely to damage the country's struggling tourism industry. Pakistan's mountainous north has been considered relatively safe until now and is one of the country's main attractions.

An official says the attackers took money and passports.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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