At least three heavily-armed terrorists today stormed a five-star hotel in Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar in the restive Balochistan province, leading to a shootout with security personnel. Additional police force, anti-terrorism force and army are all present at the Peal Continental (PC) Hotel to handle the situation.
According to police sources, three terrorists attempted forced entry into the hotel. A guard at the entrance challenged them after which the terrorists opened fire and killed him, the army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. A gunbattle between the militants and the navy and army soldiers was underway, the police said.
The hotel, frequented by business as well as leisure travellers, is located on the Koh-e-Batil hill, south of West Bay on Fish Harbour road in Gwadar. Frontier Corps personnel have cordoned off the hotel. All foreign and local guests staying at the hotel have been safely evacuated, Express Tribune quoted Balochistan Information Minister Zahoor Buledi as saying.
The attack comes just weeks after 14 people, including 11 personnel of Navy, Air Force and Coast Guards, were killed by gunmen near Ormara in Gwadar, said local media.