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Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 155 people



An earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan early this morning, killing at least 155 people, authorities said.

Information remained scarce on the magnitude 6.0 quake that struck Paktika province.

The state-run Bakhtar news agency reported the detail and said rescuers were arriving by helicopter.

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“A severe earthquake shook four districts of Paktika province, killing and injuring hundreds of our countrymen and destroying dozens of houses,” Bilal Karimi, a deputy spokesman for the Taliban government, wrote on Twitter.

“We urge all aid agencies to send teams to the area immediately to prevent further catastrophe.”

Neighbouring Pakistan’s Meteorological Department put the earthquake at a magnitude 6.1.

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Tremors were felt in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, and elsewhere in the eastern Punjab province.

The European seismological agency, EMSC, said the earthquake’s tremors were felt over 500km by 119 million people across Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

More to come.

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