250 killed as earthquake shakes Afghanistan, Pakistan

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 has killed at least 250 people in Afghanistan, the country’s disaster management authority says.

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 has killed at least 250 people in Afghanistan, the country’s disaster management authority says.

The quake shook parts of eastern Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan during the early hours of Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake struck about 44 km (27 miles) from the city of Khost in southeastern Afghanistan and was at a depth of 51km (31 miles), according to the USGS.

The majority of confirmed deaths were in the province of Paktika, where 100 people were killed and 250 injured, Mohammad Nassim Haqqani, the head of the Taliban administration’s disaster management authority said to the Reuters news agency.

The death toll is likely to rise, media reports said.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department said the quake jolted parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces, according to Dawn.