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QUETTA: The principal of Public School Kharan, said to be devoted to Pakistan, and his eight-year-old nephew were killed when armed men opened fire on their car on Saturday.

Sources said the incident took place when Principal Muzaffar Jamali was going to the school in his car with his nephew and two related girls.

The armed men attacked the car near the PTCL exchange in Kharan town, killing Mr Jamali’s nephew, Abdullah, on the spot.

Mr Jamali, his driver and the two girls — who were injured in the attack — were taken to the Kharan district hospital. Later, they were moved to the Combined Military Hospital in Quetta where Mr Jamali died.

The condition of the driver and the two girls was stated to be serious.

Police said Mr Jamali received multiple bullet injuries because his car was attacked from two sides.

The bodies were handed over to the heirs after completion of legal formalities.

Mr Jamali belonged to Jaffarabad district and had worked at the school for several years.

Jeiand Baloch, a spokesman for the outlawed Baloch Liberation Army, claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of his group.

He said that Mr Jamali “worked for state agencies” and for that reason he was eliminated.

However, the spokesman regretted the killing of his nephew who was travelling in the same car. He claimed that Mr Jamali was killed in reaction to the ongoing paramilitary operations in Kharan and Nushki.