Weather Saved Climbers From Taliban Massacre
More details of Pakistan attack emerge
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2013 2:36 AM CDT
Members of the Pakistan Association of Tour Operators light candles in memory of foreign tourists killed by Islamic militants.   (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

(Newser) – The death toll in the Pakistani Taliban's massacre of mountain climbers would have been a lot higher if the weather had been worse, the Wall Street Journal finds. Two parties of climbers had already departed the base camp at the edge of the Himalayas before the Taliban attacked, killing 10 foreign tourists and a Pakistani guide. The victims—including one American, two Chinese, three Ukrainians, one Lithuanian, and one Nepalese—were robbed, blindfolded, and forced to kneel before they were shot.

Adventure tourism was one of the few bright spots in Pakistan's struggling tourist industry, but expeditions have now been halted. "This situation changes our thinking about the world," says a Polish climber who heard gunfire from his camp on the side of Nanga Parbat, the world's ninth-highest mountain. "No one kills climbers. Local bandits think, 'These guys are crazy.' Maybe they rob them, but they leave them alone." The Taliban says the attack was carried out by a new faction created to avenge drone strikes, the BBC reports.

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Jun 26, 2013 8:32 AM CDT
Pakistan when are you going to wake up and see what the Taliban has and is doing to your country you need to start to kill them bastards. You people in the middle east need to stop the inbreeding cause you all have mental problems every freaking one of you. Them bastards call us the infidel that sounds good compared to inbred.
Jun 25, 2013 6:39 PM CDT
So every one here is blaming the climbers? What about blaming the stinking Taliban? Hey Obama! Send some of those drones over there and blow the crap out of them. They are bad news for every one. The only good Taliban is a dead one. Don't like my opinion? Too bad.
Jun 25, 2013 10:35 AM CDT
Buy America. There are plenty of challenging mountains to climb in America so why the hell would anyone from this country go to some unstable shithole and expect to be safe. I am always struck by how ignorant people can be. Just because you live in a zip code that has gated communities does not mean you're not subject to the shit that is going on locally when you travel.