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Assailants among 10 killed in attack on 5-star hotel in Pakistan

Assailants among 10 killed in attack on 5-star hotel in Pakistan

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May 12, 2019 - 14:07

ABUL (Pajhwok): Ten people, including five attackers, have been killed during attack on luxury hotel in Pakistaninfo-icon’s Gwardar Port City, according to media report on Sunday.

The terrorists attempted to force their way into the plush Pearl Continental Hotel and were challenged by a security guard. The terrorists opened fire at the guard, who was killed, Pakistan’s military said.

The other guard injured in the attack succumbed to his injuries during treatment at a nearby hospital, the express tribune said.

“Two security guards have been killed in the terrorist attack and two others injured,” said Gwadar DIG Munir Ahmed Zia Rao, adding that clearance operation was going on.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove said, “Some people have also been injured in the attack, which was later claimed by the banned Baloch Libration Army’s Majeed Brigade.”

Security forces immediately rushed to the building and cordoned off the entire area. They safely evacuated the people present inside the hotel. “Terrorist[s] encircled by security forces in staircase leading to [the] top floor,” the ISPR statement said. “The clearance operation [is] in progress.”

Sources said the attack unfolded at around 5pm, as the attackers started firing. The Navy commandos, army and the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) troops rushed to the site and launched an operation. Navy helicopters also provided aerial cove

According to the sources, security forces first evacuated the people from inside the hotel to safety. They denied rumours of the presence of any foreigners residing in the hotel. “There was no foreigner staying in the hotel when armed men launched attack,” Langove said.

A senior police officer also confirmed that there was no guest in the hotel.

“Only local staff of the hotel was present at the time of the attack,” police officer Aslam Bangulzai said, adding that the staff were evacuated safely by the security forces.

After taking control of the building, security officials said, the forces cleared the first floor of the hotel where the armed men were holed up. “The terrorists are confined to a portion of the hotel, where exchange of fire continuing with intervals,” a source said.

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