Powerful Afghan Earthquake Kills At Least 1000 People, Injures 1500

BBC reports that one of the deadliest earthquakes in years rocked eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing at least 1,000 people, injuring 1,500 more, and destroying hundreds of building structures. 

Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada told state-run Bakhtar News Agency the earthquake was magnitude 6.1 and struck 27 miles from the south-eastern city of Khost around 0130 local time. 

Footage circulating on social media shows buildings reduced to rubble. 

#BREAKING : At least 920 people were killed and 610 others were injured in an earthquake in #Paktika, #Khost and #Nangarhar provinces last night. Sharafuddin Muslim, the #Taliban Deputy Minister of State for Disaster Management Confirmed pic.twitter.com/iCAKNZFNtS

— Abdulhaq Omeri (@AbdulhaqOmeri) June 22, 2022

Locals report of devastating earthquake last night in # Afghanistan – Paktika and Khost. Thousands are killed, injured and or displaced. #UN and #NGOs need to rush necessary assistance

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