Gunmen killed by military after deadly attack on Pakistan hotel
May 12 2019
At least one person was killed in an attack on a five-star hotel in southwestern Pakistan, officials said.
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.
Terrorists attacked a five-star hotel in Pakistan's Balochistan today. He said there were reports of casualties, but did not give details. Security personnel cordoned off the area around the hotel. 3-5 terrorists reportedly have stormed the hotel and are firing from the first floor.
Government and security officials have confirmed that the gunmen have attacked the Pearl Continental five star hotel in Gwadar and is a standoff is underway between assailants and security forces. Saturday's incident follows a bombing this week that targeted police outside a major Sufi shrine in Lahore, in the north of Pakistan, that killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 20, officials said.
The hotel is located near the port at Gwadar, which was built by Pakistan with China's help in recent years.
Beijing is investing over $50 billion in Pakistan as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
A Baluch separatist group, the Baluch Liberation army, claimed responsibility in a statement.
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. Militants attacked the Chinese consulate in Karachi in November. The massive infrastructure project seeks to connect the western Chinese province of Xinjiang with Gwadar, on the Arabian Sea.
Violence in Pakistan has dropped significantly since the country's deadliest-ever militant attack, an assault on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar in 2014 that killed more than 150 people - a lot of them children.