KUNMING, China: The survivor who escaped from the pre-dawn terrorist attack in Pakistan’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan area held a press conference on Thursday in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
A group of gunmen dressed in paramilitary police uniforms stormed a base camp of Nanga Parbat peak, the ninth-highest mountain in the world on Early Sunday, and shot dead two Chinese mountaineers, one Chinese American, five Ukrainians, one Russian and one Pakistani guide.
“They shot me and the bullet flew over my head. I had no consciousness at that time. After one second, I ran as quickly as possible and jumped into a trench 30 meters away from the camp, and escaped the dangerous situation. After 40 minutes, I sneaked back to the camp and found the satellite phone, and called the police after one hour,” said Zhang Jingchuan, survivor of the attack.
Zhang used to serve in the armed police force, which greatly contributed to his successful escape from the dangerous situation.
“I ran desperately in a zigzag, rolled over and ran, which relate to my army training. I ran like this to avoid being shot by bullets,” Zhang added.
It took nine hours for the first helicopter to arrive at the scene. During the wait, Zhang sneaked back to the camp to get find warm clothes, and bring tools such as ice ax with him, then went back to the mountain.
“It was comparatively safe for me to stay at a high place. They (terrorists) didn’t have an ice ax or crampons, and could not move freely in the snow,” said Zhang.
Analysts in Pakistan believe that the incident wasn’t a routine-terror-act by militants but the event has more in covers than what shows on the surface.