Six killed, Nine injured as earthquake hits Afghanistan

Kabul: At least six people were killed and nine others injured following an earthquake of 5.3 magnitude hit several provinces of Afghanistan on Monday morning.

A local official in Kunar province said that six people were killed and nine others were wounded from the earthquake in Noorgul district of Kunar, Tolo News reports.

According to the official, dozens of residences were destroyed in many areas of the province.

The epicenter of the earthquake was Jalalabad, capital of eastern Nangarhar province, and it occurred at 2:27 AM (Afghanistan Time), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Early reports said the earthquake shocked Kabul, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Nuristan as well as some areas on the other side of the Durand Line.

The war torn country is still recovering from the strong earthquake in June, 5.9-magnitude on the Richter scale, that took lives of over 1000 Afghanis from Paktika & Khost province.

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