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Gwadar hotel attack: Here is what happened

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Islamabad: Three terrorists stormed a luxury hotel in on Saturday, killing five people including a Pakistan Navy official and injuring several other people.

The gunmen shot dead a security guard at the entrance to the five-star Pearl Continental Hotel before entering, the army said. It was the second deadly attack to take place in a prominent Pakistani city this week.

The Pakistan army of Sunday issued the details of how the attack unfolded and how the forces shot dead the terrorists.

Here is the complete statement:

“Security Forces have completed clearance operation at PC Gwadar. All 3 terrorists killed. Terrorists bodies are held for identification.

During operation 5 individuals got Shaheed including 4 hotel employees and a Pakistan Navy soldier. 6 individuals got injured including 2 Army Captains , 2 Pakistan Navy soldiers and 2 hotel employee.

Terrorists had attempted entry into the hotel aimed at targeting/ taking hostage the guests present in hotel.

Security guard at entry challenged terrorists denying them entry into main hall and terrorists went to staircase leading to upper floors.

Terrorists opened fire resulting into martyrdom of security guard Zahoor. Enroute to stairs, terrorists kept firing indiscriminately resulting into martyrdom of three more hotel employees, Farhad, Bilawal and Awais while 2 got injured.

Quick Reaction Forces of Army, Navy and Police immediately reached hotel, secured guests and staff present in the hotel and restricted terrorists within corridor of fourth floor.

After ensuring safe evacuation of guests and staff, clearance operation was launched to take on terrorists. Meanwhile terrorists had made cctv cameras dysfunctional and planted IEDs on all entry points leading to 4th floor.

Security Forces made special entry points to get into 4th floor, shot down all terrorists and cleared planted IEDS.

In exchange of fire Pak Navy soldier Abbas Khan embraced Shahadat while 2 Army Captains, 2 Pakistan Navy soldiers got injured.

DG ISPR thanks entire media for responsible reporting and coverage of operation.

This actually denied terrorists of possible live updates thus facilitated security forces in smooth execution of the operation.”