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5 persons, 3 militants killed in Gwadar hotel attack; Defence forces clear hotel of IEDs

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

At least eight persons, including four civilians, a Navy soldier and three militants, were killed in Saturday's deadly attack on a in the port city of in the restive province, as the security forces cleared the building and defused left behind by the attackers, the said Sunday.

Three militants of the Liberation (BLA), armed with automatic weapons, stormed the Pearl (PC) Hotel in and opened random firing, killing a on Saturday. All three attackers were killed by the security forces.

has built a deep-sea port in Gwadar, which is one of the focal points of the China-Economic Corridor (CPEC). has invested over USD 50 billion to link the port city with the China's far-western Xinjiang region. Many Chinese and workers from other provinces of Pakistan are also employed at the port.

Pakistan on Sunday condemned a deadly attack on the PC hotel, saying the terror strike was an effort to "sabotage" the country's economic projects and prosperity.

spokesperson, in a statement, said the security forces have completed the clearance operation at the PC Gwadar, in which five persons and three attackers were killed.

"All three terrorists killed. Terrorists' bodies are held for identification. During operation five individuals, including four hotel employees and a soldier, died," the statement said.

Six individuals got injured which include two Army officials, two soldiers and two hotel employee.

Army said the terrorists had attempted entry into the hotel with an aim to target or take hostage the guests present there, but at the entry challenged them and foiled the attempt of the militants to enter into the hotel's main hall. The terrorists went to the upper floors of the hotel through the staircase.

"Terrorists opened fire, resulting into martyrdom of while enroute to stairs, terrorists kept firing indiscriminately resulting into martyrdom of three more hotel employees - Farhad, Bilawal and Awais - while two others got injured," the Army said.

It further said that the Quick Reaction Forces of the Army, the Navy and the Police immediately reached the hotel and secured guests and staff present, and restricted the attackers within corridor of the fourth floor of the hotel.

After ensuring safe evacuation of guests and staff, the security forces launched a clearance operation against the terrorists, who made the CCTV cameras dysfunctional and planted improvised (IEDs) at all the entry points leading to fourth floor, it said.

"The security forces made special entry points to get into the fourth floor, shot down all the terrorists and cleared planted IEDs, the statement said, adding in exchange of fire a Pakistan Navy soldier, Abbas Khan, was killed while two Army Captains, two Pakistan Navy soldiers also got injured.

The Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed the responsibility of the attack saying, the attack was carried out by four attackers.

The BLA said that the attackers were linked with the group's 'Majeed Brigade'. It said Chinese and other investors were in the hotel at the time of attack.

However, told media that no foreigner was in the hotel when the rebels launched the attack.

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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 20:16 IST
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