Highlights

  • Over 250 killed as earthquake jolts Afghanistan
  • Deaths reported from eastern province of Paktika
  • Earthquake measured 6.1 on Richter scale

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At least 250 people killed as 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Afghanistan

Neighbouring Pakistan's Meteorological Department put the earthquake at a magnitude 6.1. Tremors were felt in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, and elsewhere in the eastern Punjab province.

Afghanistan's state-run news agency is reporting that at least 255 people have been killed in an earthquake in the country's eastern Paktika province.

The state-run Bakhtar news agency reported the death toll and said rescuers were arriving by helicopter. The news agency's director-general, Abdul Wahid Rayan, wrote on Twitter that 90 houses have been destroyed in Paktika and dozens of people are believed trapped under the rubble.

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Neighbouring Pakistan's Meteorological Department put the earthquake at a magnitude 6.1. 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 500 kilometres (310 miles) by 119 million people across Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

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