According to Gwadar Station House Officer (SHO) Aslam Bangulzai, three or four heavily armed terrorists have attacked the five-star Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar, Pakistan.
“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”.
The official added that additional police, anti-terrorism and army units have been deployed to the area following the incident.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohsin Hassan Butt, in his turn, said that “two to three gunmen had first fired at and then entered the hotel,” adding that only staff remained inside the hotel.According to local Information Minister Zahoor Buledi, all foreign and local guests of the hotel have been safely evacuated.
Ten blasts have been heard from inside the hotel, the police said as quoted by ARY News.
The Pakistan Today newspaper reported that at least 70 people were in the hotel, including 40 Chinese citizens. There is still no information about any casualties.
No military group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
The attack comes weeks after gunmen killed 14 people, including 11 personnel of Navy, Air Force and Coast Guards in the city of Ormara in Gwadar.
Pakistan has been facing an insurgency in Balochistan since 1947, with Baloch nationalist organizations struggling to create an independent state. The Balochi is also a major ethnic minority in Iran and Afghanistan.