Gunmen storm luxury hotel in Pakistan port city of Gwadar

Armed terrorists storm five-star hotel in Pakistan's Balochistan gun battle underway

Saturday's incident follows a bombing this week that targeted police outside a major Sufi shrine in Lahore, in the north of Pakistan, that killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 20, officials said.

A shootout between the militants and the security forces broke out at the hotel as the anti-terrorism force, the Army and the Frontier Corps were called in, Gwadar Station House Officer (SHO) Aslam Bangulzai said.

The Pearl Continental Hotel in Pakistan's southwestern port city of Gwadar. Police say as many as 10 blasts were heard from inside the hotel.

"Security forces have cordoned the area". However, Samaa TV reported that several Chinese nationals were staying at the hotel.

He said there are reports of some injuries from the firing, however, the injured do not include any foreign nationals.

The attack came three weeks after separatist gunmen targeting naval and security forces killed 14 people after forcing them off buses in Balochistan. The five star hotel is frequented by both business and leisure travellers.

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Reports have confirmed the presence of three suspected terrorists inside the hotel. The hotel guard was killed as the assailants opened fire with small arms.

Beijing has built and operationalized the massive Gwadar port under a multi-billion-dollar bilateral mega-project, known as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

No foreigners were present when the attack took place, he said.

Home to a long-running insurgency, Baluchistan is Pakistan's poorest and least developed province.

China in collaboration with Pakistan government is developing the Gwadar port to facilitate connectivity and trade in the region.

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