Clearance operation concluded in Gwadar hotel, three terrorists killed
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – The security forces on Sunday concluded the clearance operation after a joint operation conducted by the armed forces at Pearl Continental hotel in port city of Gwadar.
According to the Inter-Service Public Relation (ISPR) on Sunday, five people including four hotel employees and a Pakistan Navy soldier embraced martyrdom during the operation.
“Two Pakistan Army captains, two soldiers of Pakistan Navy and two hotel workers sustained wounds in the terrorists’ attack,” the ISPR said. It added that three terrorists have been killed by military troops during the clearance operation and their dead bodies were taken into custody for identification.
The ISPR further revealed that the terrorists had entered the hotel with a plan to make all guests inside PC as hostage but they were stopped by security guard at the central gate.
The terrorists had attempted entry into the hotel aimed at targeting or taking hostage the guests present there but the security guard at entry challenged terrorists denying them entry into main hall and terrorists went to staircase leading to upper floors.
The security guard Zahoor was martyred and later the terrorists opened heavy fire at the central gate of the hotel which killed three hotel employees. The deceased persons were identified as Farhad, Bilawal and Owais.
“The teams of Quick Response forces (QRF) belong to Pakistan Army, Navy and police have arrived in at the hotel immediate and initiated operation after evacuating guests and hotel staff members to a safe location,” ISPR said.
Following Gwadar attack, the Balochistan government has tightened security across the province. Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal chaired a high-level meeting to review security arrangements in Gwadar and other parts of the province.
Security guard martyred as gunmen attack hotel in Gwadar
On Saturday, a security guard was martyred in firing of three terrorists who attempted forced entry into the five star Pearl Continental (PC) Hotel in the southwestern port city of Gwadar.
“Three terrorists attempted forced entry in PC Gwadar. Guard at entry challenged them. Terrorists opened fire on PC security guard who embraced Shahadat (martyrdom),” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
The ISPR confirmed that the security forces have cordoned off the area and guests have been safely evacuated. “Terrorists encircled by security forces are in a staircase leading to top floor and cleared the hotel during operation,” it said.