Nanga Parbat Massacre Investigators Shot Dead in Chilas

Three security officials probing the Nanga Parbat Diamir BC Massacre were shot dead in the town of Chilas, on Tuesday. It’s reported that Superintendent Police Hilal Ahmed along with Army officers Colonel Ghulam Mustafa and Captain Ashfaq Aziz were returning from Deputy Commissioner House when unidentified armed men opened fire on their vehicle. They were rushed to the hospital but the three couldn't survive. Another security personal was also wounded in the incident. It’s said that Col Mustafa was recently deployed in the area for internal security and to investigate the Diamir BC murders.

Later on, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson claimed the responsibility of the attack in a call to BBC. The killings were reportedly carried out by Junud-ul-Hifsa, the faction of TTP who was involved in Diamir Base Camp massacre. Gilgit-Baltistan Information Minister Muhammad Ismail told the media that government is looking at the incident from different perspectives. He said, “we shouldn’t jump to the conclusion without any evidence”. Chief Minister Mehdi Shah also condemned the attack, calling it an act of terrorism.

On the night of June 22 -23, a group of over a dozen terrorists disguised in security uniforms stormed Diamir BC killing 11 climbers from six different countries. Following the attack, all climbers were evacuated from the region and area was sealed for climbing activities. While initial reports hinted that the attackers are identified, as per a senior security official, no major arrests related to June 23rd incident have been made so far.

Chilas is an ancient town located on Karakoram Highway. It’s the major town for accessing Diamir and Rakhiot Base Camps of Nanga Parbat.

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The vehicle of security officials seen damaged after the attack; Source: Geo News

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