State to compensate families of Slovak mountaineers killed by Taliban

The families of the two mountaineers who were killed by terrorists in Pakistan on June 23 will receive €33,000 each from the Slovak government, the cabinet decided at its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 3.

The families of the two mountaineers who were killed by terrorists in Pakistan on June 23 will receive €33,000 each from the Slovak government, the cabinet decided at its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 3.

"We see it as a moral obligation, given the fact that Slovakia has now been confronted with terrorism for the first time, which indicates that we really can't hide from it,” said Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák for the TASR newswire. “This casts an entirely different light on our participation in individual operations of the fight against terrorism." Kaliňák came up with the idea of a financial contribution. He stated that the financial contribution cannot be described as compensation in the proper sense, as the tragedy did not occur in Slovakia and the state had nothing to do with it.

Slovak mountaineers Peter Šperka and Anton Dobeš were killed at a mountaineering base camp at the foot of Mt. Nanga Parbat in northern Pakistan in a Taliban attack, supposedly in retaliation for the death of one of the organisation's leaders during a US drone attack.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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