Three to four armed terrorists are reported to have stormed a five-star hotel, the the Pearl Continental Hotel in the port city of Gwadar in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
Reports suggest that gunshots were heard after the heavily armed terrorists entered the five-star property.
A report on the dawn.com website quoted a police officer as saying that though there had been firing inside the hotel, “there are no reports of any casualties yet”.
The report further said that additional police force, ATF (anti-terrorism force) and army have been called in to handle the situation.
The Frontier Corps personnel have cordoned off the hotel and no one is allowed to go near the area. A clearance operation was underway in the hotel as the terrorists were still at large in the premises.
The private security guard working with the luxury hotel was killed. Provincial Home Minister Mir Zia Langove said that “some people present inside the hotel have been injured from the terrorists’ firing, however at this point there are no numbers regarding the injured or fatalities.
Balochistan, home to a long-running insurgency, is Pakistan’s poorest and least developed province. The region is the focal point of a multi-billion-dollar Chinese investment project. The Pearl Continental (PC) Hotel in Gwadar, is located on the Koh-e-Batil Hill, south of West Bay on Fish Harbour Road. It’s said to be used by foreign tourists and business people but it is unclear how many were inside at the time of the attacks.
More updates to follow.
Source : Various