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Pakistani PM condemns deadly insurgent attack on hotel

Armed terrorists storm five-star hotel in Pakistan's Balochistan gun battle underway Twitter/@ANI
Bennie Garza | 13 May, 2019, 10:09

Three insurgents have attacked a luxury hotel in the southwestern coastal town of Gwadar, triggering an intense shootout in which one hotel guard and all the attackers were killed, officials said.

The attack on Pearl Continental, the only high-end hotel in Balochistan, reminds the deadly terror attack on two iconic five-star hotels in Mumbai - Oberoi and Taj Mahal hotel - on November 26, 2008. The reports also claimed that the armed terrorists still holed up in one of the floors.

Mohammad Waseem said that the "the process of clearing the hotel has entered its final stages", The Dawn reported.

Security forces have killed four terrorists who stormed luxury hotel in port city of Gwadar in Balochistan, officials said.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad strongly condemned the attack on Gwadar hotel.

The ensuing gunfight lasted several hours, the military statement said all the attackers were killed.

"Such attempts especially in Balochistan are an effort to sabotage our economic projects and prosperity".

"All four of the terrorists have been killed", a senior security official said.

Navy and army soldiers are carrying out the operation, reports said.

Other officials also confirmed that security personnel had safely evacuated guests and cordoned off the hotel.

"There was no foreigner staying in the hotel when it came under attack", Balochistan Home Minister Ziaullah Langove said.

Gwadar port is one of the focal points of the United States dollars 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with many Chinese workers from other provinces of Pakistan working at the port.

Gwadar will provide China with safer and more direct access to the oil-rich Middle East than the waterway trade route it now uses through the narrow Malacca Straits. It is a centerpiece of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, which aims to link transport, trade and communications from the Arabian Sea to far western China.

The Baloch are an ethnic minority group in Pakistan, with historical links to Persia, whose population is mostly located in the province of Balochistan.

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