‘‘A lot of tourists come to this area in the summer, and our local people work to earn money from these people,’’ said Shah. ‘‘This will not only affect our area, but will adversely affect all of Pakistan.’’
The area has been cordoned off by police and paramilitary soldiers, and a military helicopter was searching the area, said Shah. The military airlifted the bodies to Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, Sunday afternoon.
‘‘God willing we will find the perpetrators of this tragic incident,’’ said Shah.
The government suspended the chief secretary and top police chief in Gilgit-Baltistan following the attack and ordered an inquiry into the incident, said Khan, the interior minister.
Associated Press writer Rasool Dawar contributed to this report from Peshawar, Pakistan.