GWADAR - Gunmen killed the headmaster of a private school in Balochistan's Gwadar district on Thursday.

Police sources said that armed men opened fire at the vehicle of Zahid Ali, headmaster of a private school in Gwadar Bazar. Ali died on the spot and the assailants sped away on motorcycles after the attack, police said.

Ali's body was later shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) Gwadar for autopsy. Panic prevailed in the city in the aftermath of the attack. However, there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Balochistan has seen a sharp rise in incidents of targeted killings and bomb explosions. This incident has come two days after militants targeted vehicle of Adviser to Chief Minister Balochistan on Education Sardar Raza Mohammad Bareech in Joint Road area of the city. Sardar Bareech remained unhurt in the attack.

MAN DIES IN QUETTA BLAST

A bomb blast in Quetta killed at least one person and wounded 10 others, including two schoolchildren, officials said.

The blast on the outskirts of Quetta came during the morning rush hour on Thursday.

"A man riding a bicycle was killed in the explosion on the Sirki Road, as eight others including two schoolchildren aged 10-12 years, were injured in the incident," said Akbar Hussain Durrani, Balochistan Home Secretary.

One of the injured children is said to be in critical condition, hospital sources told.

"The school van was also damaged."

Durrani said the target of the bomb, which was planted in a car, was not immediately clear but security forces patrol in the area. No security official was hurt in the explosion.

Another senior police official also confirmed the blast and toll while further investigation is underway. Nobody immediately claimed responsibility of the blast.

Security and emergency teams reached the blast site. Security forces cordoned off the area as a probe into the incident went underway.

CCPO Abdul Razzaq Cheema said that 30 to 40 kilograms of explosive material was used in the blast.

The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta where condition of a wounded was reported as critical.

BLAST TARGETS SECURITY FORCES CONVOY IN TURBAT

A roadside blast apparently targeting a security forces convoy occurred in District Turbat of Balochistan on Thursday.

According to police, Frontier Corps convoy was on a routine patrol in a suburban area of Sangani Sarmin in Turbat when suddenly a blast occurred as they approached their camp.

As the roadside bomb went off with a bang, one of the security vehicles got partially damaged but fortunately no casualty occurred.

The local administration launched investigation into the matter while the security forces cordoned off the area.