Three security guard killed as terrorists storm Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar
GWADAR: Three to four men stormed the Pearl Continental Hotel in the city on Saturday, leaving three security guards killed.
Gwadar Station House Officer (SHO) Aslam Bangulzai said that three to four terrorists stormed the hotel at 04:40pm.
“Additional police force, Anti-Terrorism Force and Pakistan Army are handling the situation,” he said, speaking to media.
However, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Zia Langove said that some people inside the hotel had been injured due to firing from the militants.
Both the SHO and IGP Mohsin Hassan Butt said that there were no foreigners in the hotel at the time of the attack. The IGP said that 95 percent of the hotel had been evacuated.
According to police, the militants must have come on a boat to launch the attack. Media channels reported that the area had been cordoned off and no one was allowed to enter the area.
Officials said that guards deployed at the hotel fired back, killing the attackers.
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.
PC under attack today.
Marriot was attacked years ago.
Both owned by Sadduruddin Hashwani. https://t.co/KZL23s5mLg
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) May 11, 2019
Terrorists curtailed to first floor of PC #Gwadar. No casualties so far. Excellent response by Army and Navy Commandos, FC and Police. Someone tell PTM and their pseudo liberal sympathisers that 3 “missing persons” have been found. pic.twitter.com/3qNXeHol1K
— Waleed Parwez Choudhry (@waleedpchoudhry) May 11, 2019
Just In: Banned Terror outfit Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claims responsibility of the #Gwadar PC Hotel attack. In a statement says, the ongoing attack is being carried out by Majeed Brigade of BLA, the terror outfit. pic.twitter.com/oqwIqcgHqN
— Pakistan Intelligentsia (@PakistanIntell) May 11, 2019
“3 terrorists attempted forced entry in PC #Gwadar. Guard at entry challenged them. Terrorists opened fire on PC security guard who embraced Shahadat. Security forces have cordoned area. Guests safely evacuated” says the ISPR adding, (continued)
— Iftikhar Firdous (@IftikharFirdous) May 11, 2019
Now we need Zarb-e-Azab kind of operation in balochistan against these terrorist organizations who operate frm india
— Ezal Khan (@ezal_khan) May 11, 2019
#Balochistan Information Minister Zahoor Buledi says
three gunmen have entered a five-star hotel in #Gwadar #Pakistan where #China is building a mega commercial port, part of the $62 billion China #Pakistan Economic Corridor. https://t.co/W4WZi9hZm3
— Mehreen Zahra-Malik (@mehreenzahra) May 11, 2019