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Pakistan gunmen killed after storming hotel

The gunmen were killed after they stormed a hotel in Pakistan. Credit: AP

Four gunmen armed with rifles and grenades who stormed a luxury hotel in Pakistan and killed a guard have been killed, officials said.

Military officials in Pakistan said the insurgents sparked a shootout at the Pearl Continental hotel on Saturday, in the southwestern coastal town of Gwadar.

Troops quickly responded to the attack and all guests were safely evacuated. but a hotel guard was killed as the assailants opened fire with small arms.

A security official said four of the terrorists were killed in the ensuing gun battle.

A Baluch separatist group, the Baluch Liberation Army, claimed responsibility, saying its four fighters were involved, and the group released pictures of the attackers.

A second security official said troops had taken control of the area after killing the assailants.

The hotel the terrorists targeted is situated near the port of Gwadar, which has been built up in Pakistan with the help of China in recent years.

The region has been hit by low-level insurgent separatists who demand a greater share of the province's natural gas and mineral resources.

Baluch militants have opposed Chinese investment, saying it brings little benefit to locals.