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

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The Pearl Continental Hotel in Pakistan's southwestern port city of Gwadar.

Three to four terrorists are present inside the premises of the hotel, Pakistani media, Dawn, reported quoting the Gwadar Station House Officer (SHO) Aslam Bangulzai.

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani condemned "the terrorists attack" on PC Hotel, and instructed the authorities to "ensure the safety of all inside the hotel".

The recent reports stated that a security guard lost his life due to the firing of terrorists.

The Pakistani military said in a brief statement that a clearance operation was in progress. "Guests safely evacuated. Terrorists encircled by security forces in staircase leading to the top floor", it added.

Provincial Information Ministr Zahoor Buledi confirmed that three attackers had stormed the hotel, and that security forces immediately responded by surrounding the premises.

Butt said the attackers may have come in a boat to storm the hotel.

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The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), an ethnic Baloch separatist group fighting for independence for Balochistan province, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Beijing is investing over $50 billion in Pakistan as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

And now the group has vowed to wage war on China, saying people should "expect more attacks" there and in Pakistan.

Gwadar lies about 700km southwest of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

But Balochistan, the largest and poorest province, remains an exception and there have been several attacks this year.

The attack comes just weeks after 14 people, including 11 security personnel were killed by gunmen near Ormara in Gwadar.

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