RAWALPINDI: Security Forces late on Saturday night concluded clearance operation at Pearl Continental hotel in Gwadar.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), all of the three terrorists were eliminated and their bodies are held for identification.

During the operation, five individuals embraced martyrdom including four hotel employees and a Pakistan Navy soldier.

Six individuals were injured including two Army officers, Pakistan Navy soldiers and hotel employees.

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

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

Terrorists opened fire resulting in the martyrdom of security guard Zahoor.

Terrorists kept firing indiscriminately while going to stairs resulting into martyrdom of three more hotel employees, Farhad, Bilawal and Awais while two others sustained bullet wounds.

Quick Response Forces of Army, Navy and Police rushed to the spot, secured guests and staff present in the hotel and restricted terrorists within the corridor of the fourth floor.

After ensuring the safe evacuation of guests and staff, clearance operation was launched to take on terrorists.

Meanwhile, terrorists had made Close Circuit TV cameras dysfunctional and planted Improvised Explosive Devices on all entry points leading to the fourth floor.

DG ISPR in a statement also thanked entire media for responsible reporting and coverage of the operation.

He said this actually denied terrorists possible live updates thus facilitated security forces in smooth execution of the operation.

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