Terrorism & Insurgency

Gwadar attack indicates growing threat to Chinese nationals in Balochistan but risks to Chinese projects relatively lower

14 May 2019

Four hotel employees and one soldier were killed during an assault by four gunmen on the Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar in Pakistan's southern province of Balochistan on 11 May. The military reported the following day that all the assailants had been killed following a gun battle lasting several hours, and that significant damage had been caused to parts of the hotel.

The attack was claimed by the separatist Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), which said that the attack targeted "Chinese and other foreign investors". Balochi separatists perceive China and Chinese investment to be complicit in what they regard as the Pakistani federal government's exploitation of Balochistan.

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