Three militants killed amid PC Gwadar clearance operation

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SIDDEEQ SAJID

ISLAMABAD/GAWADAR

Security forces have completed clearance operation at PC Gwadar on Sunday and all three terrorists have been killed.

Terrorists’ bodies are held for identification. During the operation five individuals were martyred including four hotel employees and a Pakistan Navy soldier. Six individuals got injured including two army captains, two Pakistan Navy soldiers and two hotel employees.

According to ISPR spokesman, the terrorists had attempted entry into the hotel aimed at targeting/ taking hostage the guests present in hotel. Security guard at the entry challenged the terrorists denying them entry into main hall and terrorists went to staircase leading to upper floors. The terrorists opened fire resulting in martyrdom of security guard Zahoor.

En route to stairs, terrorists kept firing indiscriminately resulting into martyrdom of three more hotel employees, Farhad, Bilawal and Awais while two got injured.

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

After ensuring safe evacuation of guests and the staff, a 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 to 4th floor, shot down all terrorists and cleared planted IEDS. In exchange of fire, Pak Navy soldier Abbas Khan embraced martyrdom while two army captains and two Pakistan Navy soldiers were injured.

ISPR DG thanked the 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, he said.

Prime Minister Imran in a statement issued by PM Office said that “such attempts, especially in Balochistan, are an effort to sabotage our economic projects and prosperity. We shall not allow these agendas to succeed”.

The Chinese embassy in Islamabad also strongly condemned the incident.