ISLAMABAD/ QUETTA (ENN) All three terrorists were killed as security forces completed clearance operation after the attack at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar, Balochistan said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) here on Sunday.
According to the ISPR, the bodies of terrorists were held for identification.
During the operation, five people were martyred including four hotel employees and a Pakistan Navy soldier. Six individuals got injured including two Army captains, two Navy soldiers and two hotel employees.
The ISPR said that the security guard at the entrance of Hotel challenged terrorists, denying them entry into the main hall, however, the terrorists went to the upper floors. The terrorists opened fire resulting into martyrdom of security guard Zahoor.
On the stairs, terrorists kept firing indiscriminately, resulting into martyrdom of three more hotel employees, Farhad, Bilawal and Awais, while two got injured.
The ISPR said that Army, Navy and police personnel immediately reached the hotel, secured guests and staff present in the hotel and restricted the terrorists within the corridor of the fourth floor.
The terrorists had made CCTV cameras dysfunctional and planted IEDs on all entry points leading to the fourth floor. Security forces made special entry points to get to the fourth floor, shot down all terrorists and cleared planted IEDS.
After ensuring safe evacuation of guests and staff, a clearance operation was launched to take on terrorists.
DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor thanked the entire media for responsible reporting and coverage of the operation. “This actually denied terrorists of possible live updates, thus facilitated security forces in smooth execution of the operation,” said the ISPR statement.
Moreover one private TV channel kept airing news since morning that claimed the killing of Hamal Mari, the terrorist and as per website he was missing since 2016.
The news of attack spread on Saturday late evening on social media but was not confirmed by authorities.