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Agencies
May 12, 2019

BLA terrorists attack five star hotel in Gwadar

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May 12, 2019

ISLAMABAD/QUETTA: At least one person was martyred after three gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Gwadar, Balochistan the centrepiece of a multi-billion dollar Chinese infrastructure project, the military said Saturday.

"Three terrorists attempted forced entry in a Gwadar hotel. The guard at the entry challenged them. Terrorists opened fire on the security guard who embraced Shahadat (martyrdom)," the Inter-Services Public Relations, said.

The security forces killed all the attackers. ISPR confirmed that guests were safely evacuated from the luxury hotel. "Terrorists were encircled by security forces in the staircase leading to top floor. Clearance Operation in progress," it said.

Earlier, Home Minister for Balochistan Ziaullah Langu said four gunmen had "opened fire" on the hotel. "There are reports of a few people sustaining minor injuries," the minister said. Mohammad Aslam, the on-duty officer in Gwadar, said ambulances and rescue officers were waiting at a road leading to the hotel, and that he could hear gunfire but that the operation was coming to an end. "There were no Chinese or Pakistani guests in the hotel," he said, adding that only staff were present in the building, adding that at least three are believed to be injured. A Baloch separatist group, the Balochistan Liberation Army, claimed responsibility for the attack via Twitter.

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. Provincial Information Minister Zahoor Buledi said security forces immediately responded by surrounding the premises.

He said that security personnel were currently battling the terrorists. The luxury hotel is located on the Koh-e-Batil Hill, south of West Bay on Fish Harbour Road and overlooks the Arabian Sea, Gwadar, formerly a small fishing village but now touted by officials as "the next Dubai" thanks to the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Lango did not mention exact number of casualties and said the number of casualties will be known after the clearance operation is completed. The minister said firing between the gunmen and the security forces is continued. To a question Lango said there was no threat of attack in Gwadar but there was a threat of terrorism in Balochistan. He said that at least three gunmen entered the hotel in the evening. Clearance operation underway after terrorists attempted to enter the hotel.

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