GILGIT - Chief Secretary Gilgit Baltistan has claimed that 15-16 of the terrorists behind the killing of ten foreign tourists at the Nanga Parbat base camp have been identified.

According to the Chief Secretary, the terrorists belong to banned organizations with ten from Diamer, three from Kohistan and two from Manshera. The Chief Secretary added that terrorists were present in batches along the mountainous regions.

Attackers dressed in police uniforms stormed a base camp at the foot of Nanga Parbat late Saturday, shooting dead ten foreign climbers and a Pakistani guide at point-blank range.

The victims have been identified as an American with dual Chinese citizenship, three Ukrainians, two Slovakians, two others from China, a Lithuanian and a climber from Nepal.

Pakistan's umbrella Taliban movement claimed responsibility, saying it had set up a new faction, Junood ul-Hifsa, to kill foreigners to avenge US drone strikes on Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives.