June 24 - The bodies of the nine foreign trekkers shot dead when gunmen stormed a mountaineering base camp in northern Pakistan arrive in Islamabad. Sunita Rappai reports.
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The bodies of nine foreign tourists killed in Pakistan's highland region arrive in Islamabad on Sunday.
One Chinese climber who escaped the attack also landed at the military airport and was greeted by a diplomat from China.
Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan described the attack as a tragedy.
(SOUNDBITE)(Urdu) PAKISTANI INTERIOR MINISTER CHAUDHRY NISAR ALI KHAN SAYING:
"This is a huge tragedy, not only for the victims' home countries, but also for Pakistan."
The bodies of the five Ukrainians, three Chinese and Russian, killed in the night-time raid on a mountaineering base camp, were taken to a morgue at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences.
Police said a 15-strong gang wearing uniforms used by a local paramilitary force attacked the group at a base camp used by hikers scaling the Nanga Parbat peak early Sunday morning.
A U.S. official said one of the victims also had a US passport.
The attack was among the worst on foreigners in Pakistan in a decade and has underscored the growing reach of militants in the highland region.
Pakistan's Taliban and a smaller militant group have both claimed responsibility.
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