Pakistan attack: Gunmen storm five-star hotel in Balochistan
Pakistan attack;At least one person has been killed after three gunmen stormed a five-star hotel in the southwestern Pakistani city of Gwadar, the centrepiece of a multi-billion dollar Chinese infrastructure project, the military said Saturday.
The gunmen shot dead a security guard at the entrance to the hotel.
“Security forces have cordoned area. Guests safely evacuated. Terrorists encircled by security forces in staircase leading to top floor. Clearance Operation in progress,” a military spokesman said.
The attack targeted the Pearl Continental Hotel in the port city of Gwadar, the centrepiece of a multi-billion-dollar Chinese project.
Most guests have been evacuated.
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The separatist Balochistan Liberation Army said it had carried out the attack to target Chinese and other foreign investors.
Militants in Balochistan oppose Chinese investment saying it is of little benefit to local people, the BBC’s Jill McGivering reports.
What do we know about the attack?
The gunmen stormed the hotel, popular with foreign visitors, at around 16:50 local time (11:50 GMT), killing one security guard.
Reports say the security forces are fighting a gun battle with the militants.
It is unclear how many people were at the building but officials say the majority of guests were evacuated.
The hotel sits on a hilltop overlooking the strategic Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea, which is being developed by China as part of the China-Pakistan Economic corridor, a network of roads, railway and pipelines between the two countries.
The attack comes just weeks after gunmen killed 14 people, including 11 military personnel, in the region.
The three terrorists, who had stormed a five-star hotel in Pakistan’s port city Gwadar have been killed after hours-long gunfight. The armed men had breached the security of the heavily guarded Pearl Continental Hotel at around 4:50 pm (local time).
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