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Terrorists attack 5-star hotel in Gwadar

At least three unidentified armed terrorists have attacked The Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar.
According to the latest update, a clearance operation is taking place at the Pearl Continental (PC) Hotel in Gwadar after “three terrorists” stormed the facility, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media wing.

The news source reports that Security around the five-star hotel has been tightened. Foreign delegations often stay at the hotel when visiting for work. Gwadar is one of the main center of activity under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Zia Lango in a statement said that the hotel has been taken surrounded. He said the guests staying at the hotel have been safely evacuated. He said there are reports of some injuries from the firing, however, the injured do not include any foreign nationals.

“An operation is underway. We will know the details soon,” he said.

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According to the ISPR, the terrorists attempted to force their way into the hotel and were challenged by the security guard, who was fired at and lost his life.

“Security forces have cordoned off the area and encircled the terrorists on the stairs leading to the top floor,” it further said, adding that “guests have been safely evacuated” from the hotel.

Earlier, Gwadar Station House Officer (SHO) Aslam Bangulzai stated, “At around 4:50 pm (local time) we got reports that there are three to four armed men in PC Hotel”.

This is a developing story, further updates are being awaited.

Saman Siddiqui

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