Three gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Pakistan's southwestern port city of Gwadar on Saturday, killing at least one guard and battling security forces inside, officials and the army said. The terrorists have been encircled by security forces in the staircase leading to the top floor.
SHO Bangulzai also said that "additional police force, ATF (Anti-terrorism force) and army are all present" at the spot.
Reportedly, shooting was heard as three armed men entered the hotel.
Terrorists attacked a five-star hotel in Pakistan's Balochistan today. Unconfirmed reports say most guests have been evacuated.
In a statement, the military said troops quickly responded to the attack on the Pearl Continental hotel and that all the guests were safely evacuated.
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The terror attack comes barely weeks after a similar incident at Ormara near Gwadar where 14 civilians and 11 security personnel lost their lives. "Clearance Operation in progress", it said.
The hotel, frequented by business as well as leisure travellers, is located on the Koh-e-Batil hill, south of West Bay on Fish Harbour road in Gwadar.
Beijing has built and operationalized the massive Gwadar port under a multi-billion-dollar bilateral mega-project, known as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Pakistan has deployed specially trained security forces in Gwadar and other parts of the country hosting CPEC-related infrastructure projects to protect them and Chinese engineers against militant attacks.
Balochistan, home to a long-running insurgency, is Pakistan's poorest and least developed province.