At least one member of the group of mountaineers killed by Taliban rebels on June 22 was Slovak, according to the Pakistani authorities. Yet, the identity of the man has not been confirmed yet, the TASR newswire reported on June 25.
Pakistan identified six of 11 slain people on June 24.
“We were given information that two out of the four remaining victims were identified as Ukrainians and one as a Slovak national, unfortunately,” said Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák, as quoted by TASR.
Lajčák also noted that that this is the first time that “a Slovak national has fallen victim to a terrorist raid, as it seems”, as reported by TASR.
Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on the Nanga Parbat base camp that took the lives of ten foreign mountain climbers and their Pakistani guide. In an earlier statement, however, the Pakistani Interior Minister said two Slovaks, Anton Dobeš and Peter Šperka, were among the victims.
Meanwhile, the Pakistani police have arrested around 20 people in relation to the attack. In the aftermath of the killing spree, the local authorities evacuated at least 45 foreigners that were planning to climb the mountain. The government in Islamabad has put a temporary ban on all Nanga Parbat expeditions, TASR wrote.
For more information about this story please see: Two Slovaks believed to be among mountaineers killed in Pakistan
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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26. Jun 2013 at 10:00