WASHINGTON: Condemning the brutal killing of foreign tourists and mountaineers, the United States Monday said FBI was working with Pakistani officials to investigate the cowardly attack. “The FBI is working with Pakistani authorities to gather more information regarding this incident,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said during a media briefing. “The United States government strongly condemns the terrorist attack on tourists in the northern areas of Pakistan in which nine innocent tourists and a Pakistani guide were murdered on June 23,” he said.  “Our condolences go out to the loved ones affected by this senseless violence. 

And we can confirm that there was an American citizen among those who were killed in the attack. So we continue to express our condolences,” Ventrell said. In reply to a question, the spokesman said Ambassador Dobbins would be traveling to Pakistan to have some wider discussions with his Pakistani counterparts. He said the US has been appreciative of Pakistan’s interest in support of reconciliation in Afghanistan.