Six persons gunned down in Pakistan

Unidentified gunmen today barged into the house of a school teacher in Pakistan`s restive Baluchistan province and opened indiscriminate firing, killing him and five others.

Peshawar: Unidentified gunmen today barged into the house of a school teacher in Pakistan`s restive Baluchistan province and opened indiscriminate firing, killing him and five others.

"The incident took place early morning in the Dasht area of Turbat district," a police official said.

The gunmen killed the school teacher, his two brothers-in- laws and three other relatives.

Police said investigations were on to ascertain the motive behind the killings but didn`t rule out the role of militants.

The incident came days after private schools in the area received threatening letters from a little known militant organisation which calls itself the `Tanzeem ul Islami ul Furqan` in the nearby region of Panjgur.

The letters have threatened to target schools providing what they called was "Western" education, especially to girls, and co-education.

A number of schools were shut down in May for several days in the aftermath of the threats with over 5,000 teachers and students staging protests in Punjgur and Turbat.