Banned TTP claims killing of foreign climbers

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Pakistan’s umbrella Taliban movement claimed responsibility for killing nine foreign climbers in the Himalayas, saying it had created a new wing to attack foreigners to avenge US drone strikes.

Gunmen had stormed a base camp on Saturday night in a remote part of northern Pakistan and killed nine tourists and one Pakistani guide who were part of a Nanga Parbat mountaineering expedition, police officials said.

Spokesman of the TTP Ehsanullah Ehsan on telephone informed a private TV channel that the killings were intended to avenge the death of the second in command of the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) Waliur Rehman in a US drone strike late last month.

“We did it and we claim responsibility for this attack,” Ehsan said in the call from an undisclosed location.

“One of our factions, Junood ul-Hifsa, did it. It is to avenge the killing of Maulvi Wali ur-Rehman,” he said. “We want to convey to the world that this is our reply to US drone attacks,” he added.

Rehman died on May 29 in a US drone attack on a house in North Waziristan, the most notorious Taliban and al-Qaeda stronghold in Pakistan on the Afghan border.

Ehsan told foreign media that Junood ul-Hifsa was a new wing set up by the Taliban “to attack foreigners and convey a message to the world against drone strikes”. He said that 10 foreigners and three Pakistanis were targeted in attack. He said the purpose of the attack was to inform the international community that the innocents are being killed in drone strikes.
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