Pakistan attack: Gunmen storm five-star hotel in Balochistan


Pakistan : Three gunmen who stormed a five-star hotel in the restive Pakistani province of Balochistan, killing at least one guard, have been shot dead by security forces, officials say.

The attack and subsequent siege, which targeted the Zaver Pearl-Continental Hotel in the strategic port city of Gwadar, lasted several hours.

A hotel spokesman said there were no guests and few staff due to Ramadan.

The separatist Balochistan Liberation Army said it carried out the attack.

The group said that the hotel, the centrepiece of a multi-billion-dollar Chinese project, was selected in order to target Chinese and other investors.

“Expect more attacks China and Pakistan,” said a Twitter account that claimed to be linked to the group.

Militants in Balochistan oppose Chinese investment, saying it is of little benefit to local people.