Armed gunmen attack Pearl Continental in Gwadar

Balochistan,Pakistan,terror attack

Aslam Bangulzai at around 4:50pm police got reports that there were three to four armed men in the PC Hotel.

A special anti-terrorism force was reported to be fighting the attackers. He added that "the firing is ongoing but there are no reports of any casualties yet". He said the details would be shared with the media once the operation is over. Guests safely evacuated. Terrorists encircled by security forces in staircase leading to top floor. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

India Today also reported the suspects inside the hotel have hand grenades. Terrorist groups in the volatile province oppose Chinese investment saying it was of no benefit to people of Balochistan, Pakistan's poorest and least developed province, with rich deposits of natural gas, coal, metals and minerals.

According to ARY News correspondent Mustafa Khan Tareen, the militants stormed the Pearl Continental Hotel Gwadar.

Beijing has built and operationalized the massive Gwadar port under a multi-billion-dollar bilateral mega-project, known as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

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The attack comes nearly a month after unidentified gunmen donning uniforms of paramilitary personnel shot dead at least 14 passengers after forcing them to disembark from buses on a highway in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province.

Gwadar lies about 700km southwest of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

On April 18, unidentified gunmen donning uniforms of paramilitary soldiers massacred at least 14 passengers, including Pakistan Navy personnel, after forcing them to disembark from buses on a highway in Balochistan.

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