A group of armed militants stormed a five star hotel in Gwadar port city located in South-western coast of Balochistan province of Pakistan on Saturday afternoon.

Government and security officials have confirmed that the gunmen attacked the Pearl Continental five star hotel in Gwadar, triggering a gun battle that lasted for several hours, leaving at least three people dead and four others wounded.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of Pakistani military has confirmed that a group of three militants were involved in the attack.

According to a statement released by ISPR, the militants initially shot dead the security guard of the hotel and then entered the building of the hotel.

Earlier reports emerging from the area suggested that five armed militants have taken position inside the hotel.

Baluchistan Liberation Army, a separatist group operating in the province claimed responsibility for the attack.

“After more than 10 hours of continuous battle and achieving all their targets the BLA fighters have used their last bullets on them and have left this world,” the group said in a statement.