Armed militants attack 5-star hotel in Pak’s Gwadar

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As per details by Gwadar Station House Officer (SHO) Aslam Bangulzai, firing is taking place in the Pearl Continental (PC) Hotel in Gwadar after three to four gunmen stormed the facility.

“At around 4:50pm we got reports that there are three to four armed men in PC Hotel,” the SHO said, adding that “the firing is ongoing but there are no reports of any casualties yet.”

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Though, the officer added that “there are no foreigners at the hotel right now.” SHO Bangulzai said that “additional police force, ATF (Anti-terrorism force) and army are all present” at the hotel to handle the situation.”

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohsin Hassan Butt also confirmed that “two to three gunmen had first fired at and then entered the hotel.” The IGP said the hotel did not have any foreigners at the time of the attack and that only the hotel staff was inside. He also said that “95 per cent of the hotel has been evacuated.”

IGP Butt further said that “the attackers may have come in a boat to launch the attack.”

Frontier Corps personnel have cordoned off the hotel and no one is allowed to go near the area, DawnNewsTV reported citing police sources.

The Pearl Continental (PC) Hotel in Gwadar, is located on the Koh-e-Batil Hill, south of West Bay on Fish Harbour Road. The five-star hotel is frequented by both business and leisure travellers.