Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Gunmen storm five-star hotel in Pakistan, killing at least one

Pakistan hotel attack LIVE Armed militants storm 5-star hotel in Gwadar Balochistan is Pakistan's largest and poorest province
Patty Aguilar | 12 May, 2019, 03:54

Unidentified gunmen attacked Pearl Continental hotel in the southwestern port city of Gwadar Saturday, officials reported.

Additional police force, anti-terrorism force and army are all present at the Peal Continental (PC) Hotel to handle the situation, Dawn news quoted Gwadar Station House Officer (SHO) Aslam Bangulzai as saying.

Heavy contingents of police and security forces soon reached the area and started an operation.

The hotel, located on a hillside in the port, is used by foreign guests, many of them Chinese project staff, but there were none in the building at the time of the attack, Langove said.

Earlier reports emerging from the area suggested that \five armed militants have taken position inside the hotel. A total of 95 per cent guests from the hotel is taking refuge at the 440 brigade. He said that security personnel were now battling the terrorists. It has been also reported that the gunshots can be heard from inside.

PC Hotel Gwadar is the central point of activities for CPEC, and the foreign delegations often stay here. "The firing is ongoing but there are no reports of any casualties yet", Bangulzai said. The hotel is frequented by both business and leisure travellers.

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Last month, 14 Pakistani security personnel were forced out of passenger buses near Gwadar in the main coastal highway and shot dead in an attack claimed by a separatist Baloch militant group.

China is investing heavily in Balochistan under the Dollars 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Butt said the attackers may have come in a boat to storm the hotel.

Pakistan's poorest and largest province, Balochistan has been rocked by separatist, extremists and sectarian insurgencies for years.

China has invested a reported US$60 billion in Pakistan, especially the Gwadar deep port on the Arabian Sea, to open and upgrade transport, infrastructure and communication links with far-western China.

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