Hotel stormed by armed attackers in Pakistan; Security operation underway
Quetta: At least one man was killed on Saturday as security forces battled three heavily armed attackers who stormed the five star Pearl Continental hotel in the Pakistan’s southwestern port city of Gwadar.
“Three terrorists attempted forced entry in PC Gwadar. Guard at entry challenged them. Terrorists opened fire on PC security guard who embraced Shahadat (martyrdom),” the Inter-Services Public Relations, the military’s media wing, was quoted as saying by Pakistani media.
ISPR confirmed that guests had been safely evacuated from the luxury hotel in the southwestern port city of Balochistan province.
“Terrorists encircled by security forces in staircase leading to top floor. Clearance Operation in progress,” it said.
Other officials also confirmed that security personnel had safely evacuated guests and cordoned off the hotel.
Pakistan’s Provincial information minister Zahoor Buledi was quoted as saying that security forces immediately responded by surrounding the premises. He said that security personnel were currently battling the terrorists.