GWADAR– Some armed terrorists attacked five star Pearl Continental hotel in southwestern port of city of Gwadar in Balochistan on Saturday evening, killing a security guard, authorities said.
Security forces battled three heavily armed attackers for few hours, officials said.
“Three terrorists attempted forced entry in PC Gwadar. Guard at entry challenged them. Terrorists opened fire on PC security guard who embraced Shahadat (martyrdom),” the Inter-Services Public Relations, the military’s media wing, said.
The ISPR confirmed that guests had been safely evacuated from the luxury hotel in the southwestern port city of Balochistan province.
“Terrorists encircled by security forces in staircase leading to top floor. Clearance Operation in progress,” it said.
Locals said several gunshots were heard after the terrorists entered the luxury hotel.
Other officials also confirmed that security personnel had safely evacuated guests and cordoned off the hotel.
Punjab Information Minister Zahoor Buledi said security forces immediately responded by surrounding the premises. He said that security personnel were currently battling the terrorists.
ISPR further says operation clean-up is continuing.
Earlier, unidentified terrorists shot and killed 14 passengers riding buses and travelling on Makran Coastal Highway near coastal town of Ormara on April 18, 280 kilometers away from Gwadar.
The luxury Pearl-Continental hotel is located on the Koh-e-Batil Hill, south of West Bay on Fish Harbour Road and overlooks the Arabian Sea.
The Gwadar port region is the focal point of the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, which is part of China’s mammoth Belt and Road infrastructure project.
The hotel situated on a hill top surrounded by the deep-sea port is usually heavily guarded by the security officials and all ways leading to the hotel and dock area.— LAHORE MIRROR REPORT