Mountain Climber Comes Forward With Account of Brutal Terrorist Slaying

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July 1 2013 5:00 PM

Mountain Climber Comes Forward With Account of Brutal Terrorist Slaying

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Doma Sherpa, the wife of Nepalese climber Sona Sherpa, holds a picture of her husband, who was killed by Taliban militants at Nanga Parbat base camp in Pakistan, at her home in Kathmandu on June 24, 2013. Pakistan suspended expeditions to its second-highest peak, evacuating climbers from Nanga Parbat after 10 foreign tourists were shot dead by Islamist gunmen at the base camp.

Photo by PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images

A little-reported but utterly horrifying terrorist attack occurred in Pakistan last week when climbers of the country’s second highest mountain were slayed execution-style by an Islamist militant group. The terrorists, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, murdered 10 foreign mountaineers and a cook in professed retaliation for drone attacks in the region, forcing them to kneel then shooting them in the head.

Now, one survivor has come forward with a gripping and gruesome eyewitness account. From National Geographic:

They went to each and every tent: "Taliban, al Qaeda. Surrender." They were looking for foreign tourists…Then one person told [the foreign mountaineers] to turn their faces in the other direction. So that they could shoot them…
Then suddenly I heard the sound of shooting. I looked a little up and what I saw was this poor Ukrainian guy, who had been tied with me, I saw him sitting down. Then after that moment, the shooting started in bursts. Three times. Brrrr. Brrrr. Brrrr. Three times like that. Then the leader, this stupid ugly man, said, "Now stop firing. Don't fire anybody." Then that son of a bitch came in between the dead bodies and he personally shot them one by one. Dun. Dun. Dun. Every body he shot down. And then afterward we heard slogans, like Allahu Akbar. Salam Zindabad. Osama bin Laden Zindabad. And one stupid person said, "Today these people are revenge for Osama bin Laden.”
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The terrorists spared the lives of the eyewitness and two others because they were Muslim. The victims hailed from a range of countries including Ukraine, China, Slovakia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Lithuania.  

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues.

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