ISLAMABAD (AP) — Gunmen have killed three senior security officials in an area of northern Pakistan where the Taliban shot to death 10 foreign mountain climbers over a month ago.

Ajmal Bhatti, deputy commissioner of Diamer district where the attack took place, says the officials were ambushed in their vehicle after they left his house at around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The dead included an army colonel, a captain and the district police chief. Their vehicle plunged into a ravine after it was attacked.

Bhatti says officials have been on high alert in Diamer since Taliban militants killed 10 foreign climbers in late June at a mountain base camp. They have been holding meetings at unusual times and places, like Bhatti's house, to avoid attack.

Diamer is located in Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan area.


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