Militants storm 5-star hotel in Pakistan
KARACHI- Anadolu Agency
According to Aslam Bungalzai, a police officer in the region, three to four armed militants have managed to enter Pearl Continental hotel located near Gwadar port, and are engaged in firing with security troops who cordoned off the site.
“There is no foreigner staying in the hotel”, Bungalzai told local broadcaster Dawn News, adding that firing between militants and security forces were continuing.
He said an explosion had also been heard, however, there was no immediate report of causalities or the nature of the blast.
Naval commandos and police backed by helicopters were trying to enter the hotel, the police officer added.
With its 600-Kilometers long coastline, Gwadar is a key deep seaport currently operated by China, which aims to attain direct access to the Indian Ocean via Gwadar seaport in line with a $46 billion mega-project, Pakistan-China Economic Corridor (PCEC).
The economic corridor will not only provide China cheaper access to Africa and the Middle East but will also earn Pakistan billions of dollars for providing transit facilities to the world’s second-largest economy.