At least three people were killed after gunmen opened fire at a 5-star hotel in Balochistan Pakistan, authorities have confirmed.
According to local media reports, militants with attacked the luxury Pearl Continental hotel with firearms in Gwadar in Balochistan province of Pakistan.
Most guests had reportedly been evacuated from the building but attackers reached the first floor and started fighting security forces. Additional forces including helicopters were called at the scene.
It unclear if any people were injured but according to Balochistan Home Minister Ziaullah Langu, there were some casualties.
Langu told the media that the "majority" of the guests were successfully evacuated. However, he said, "there are reports of a few people sustaining minor injuries."
The on-duty officer in Gwadar, Mohammad Aslam, said that he heard the gunfire. He believes the operation will soon end.
Noting that only hotel workers were present in the building, he Aslam said, "There were no Chinese or Pakistani guests in the hotel."
Due to activities by militants, the province has long been known to be at risk. As per the report, the militants include the Pakistani Taliban and other terrorist groups.
The hotel has been frequently visited by business people and wealthy foreign tourists. No group has taken responsibility for the attack.
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