Hotel Pearl Continental in Gwadar badly damaged in attack by separatists

ISLAMABAD: The Hotel In The Port City Southwest Of Gwadar, Which Was Recently Assaulted By The Baloch Separatists Who Demanded Their Independence From Pakistan, Has Been Severely Damaged By The Explosions And The Launching Of Rockets In The Building, According To Press Reports Local.

" The Fourth Floor Of The Hotel Has Been Destroyed Because The Attackers Placed Improvised Explosive Devices At Their Entry Points And Also Fired Rockets." The Ground Floor And The Other Three Floors Also Damaged At The Meeting Between The Security Forces And The Attackers," Security Officers Said According To Dawn.

At Least Five People, Among Them A Naval Man, Were Killed When Fighters From (BLA), An Ethnic Baluch Separatist Group Fighting For The Independence Of The Balochistan Province, Raided The Luxury Hotel On Saturday.

Abdul Rahim Baloch, A Resident Of Gwadar, Said That The Shot Of Arms And Explosions Performed The Silence Of The Night Between Saturday And Sunday, Persisting Until The Early Morning.

Meanwhile, The Security Of Chinese Citizens Working In Different Projects Under The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor In Gwadar Has Been Improved And Special Arrangements Have Been Made To Protect The Employees Of The China Port Company.

The Roads Leading To The Port Of Gwadar And Other Important Places Are Still Sealed And No One Can Use Them.

Gwadar Is The Site Of An Important Seaport Built By China For Strategic Objectives. The Million Dollar Dollars CPEC, Launched In 2015, Is A Planned Network Of Highways, Railways And Energy Projects That Connect The Xinjiang Region Of China To The Deepwater Port Of Pakistan In Gwadar, In The Arabian Sea.

The Last Weeks Saw A Strong Increase In Violence In Balochistan. Last Week, Five People Died When BLA Fighters Attacked A Coal Mine In The District Of Harnai, In Balochistan. A Few Weeks Ago, The Baluch Separatists Ambushed A Bus And Killed 14 People, Including 11 Members Of The Navy, The Air Force And The Coast Guard, Near Ormara In Gwadar.

Baloch Separatists Oppose China's Investment In Their Province, Saying That It Benefits Less Than The People Of Balochistan, Pakistan's Poorest And Least Developed Province, But Rich In Deposits Of Natural Gas, Coal, Metals And Minerals.

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