A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck south-east Afghanistan killing at least 255 people, as reported by theguardian.

The quake struck early on Wednesday morning local time with its epicenter near the town of Khost south of the capital, Kabul, the US Geological Survey reported.

At least 255 people were killed and 155 others injured in the Barmala, Ziruk, Naka and Gayan districts of Paktika province, Afghanistan’s Bakhtar news agency said on Wednesday morning. Rescue teams were being helicoptered into the stricken areas.

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Photographs on Afghan media and social media showed houses reduced to rubble.


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