Gwadar hotel attack bid to damage economy: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday termed the attack on a five-star hotel in the port city of Gwadar in Balochistan province as a bid to “sabotage prosperity” in the area.

Three gunmen stormed the Pearl Continental hotel in the strategic port city of Gwadar on Saturday. The attack and subsequent siege lasted several hours.

One security guard was killed in the attack claimed by the outlawed Balochistan Liberation Army. All three gunmen were later shot dead by the security forces.

“Such attempts especially in Balochistan are an effort to sabotage our economic projects and prosperity. We shall not allow these agendas to succeed. Pakistani nation and its security forces shall defeat them all,” Khan said in a statement issued by his office and cited by the Pakistani media.

A hotel spokesman said there were no guests (at the time of the attack) and few staff present due to Ramzan. However, earlier reports said that hotel guests had been evacuated safely.

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