Barely a week has passed since a suicide blast claimed 12 people in the most popular Sufi shrine in Pakistan. Today terror struck again when three gunmen stormed into a five star hotel in Pakistan killing at least one person.
The gunmen shot dead a security guard at the entrance to the hotel and there are reports of a few people sustaining minor injuries..
Three to five terrorists’ were said to have entered the building, where they killed a security guard at the gate before reaching the first floor of the Pearl Continental Hotel in the Gwadar Port.
Terrorists and security forces battled for several hours at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar before the militants were killed.
An unverified group calling themselves the Baloch Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the attack, targeting Chinese and other foreign investors staying at the hotel.
The Pearl Continental is the only luxury hotel in Gwadar where foreign and Pakistani business delegations as well as diplomats stay when visiting the city.
It sits isolated on a ridge overlooking the Gwadar port, which is the flagship project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The massive infrastructure project seeks to connect the western Chinese province of Xinjiang with Gwadar, on the Arabian Sea.
It includes a 392-kilometre (244-mile) highway from Peshawar to Karachi scheduled to be completed this year, a new highway, airport and hospital at Gwadar port, among many other projects in the country.
Violence in Pakistan has dropped significantly since the country’s deadliest-ever terror attack, an assault on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar in 2014 that killed more than 150 people — most of them children.
But terrorists still retain the ability to carry out attacks, and analysts have long warned that Pakistan is yet to tackle the root causes of extremism.
Saturday’s attack came three weeks after separatist gunmen killed 14 people after forcing them off buses in Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran.