QUETTA  - Gunmen Wednesday killed a teacher and five members of his family in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, officials said, adding that separatist rebels were believed responsible.

The attack happened in the Panjgour district of Balochistan, about 650 miles west of the provincial capital of Quetta. Teachers are routinely killed by nationalist organisations and other elements. "Gunmen stormed the house of Abdul Hameed, a schoolteacher, shooting him and five of his family members present at the house," Mumtaz Ali, a senior administration official, told AFP.  The attackers fled after the killings.

Another senior administration official confirmed the account and said Hameed had had problems with the Baloch Liberation Front, which had accused him of spying for the country's intelligence agencies.

12 killed on road

Burewala reporter adds: At least 12 people were killed and several injured as many injured when a truck loaded with timber hit a passenger van near Adda Zaheernagar at Multan Road here on Wednesday afternoon.

Reportedly, a passenger van carrying 24 passengers was going to Multan from Burewala. As the van reached near Adda Zaheernagar, a truck hit it from behind, killing 12 passengers and injuring as many others.

After receiving information, Rescue 1122 and police officials reached the spot and shifted the dead bodies and the injured to THQ Hospital Burewala.