Powerful quake struck early in the morning near the town of Khost south of the capital Kabul
6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck south-east Afghanistan killing at least 255 people, according to the country’s official news agency.
The quake struck early on Wednesday morning local time with its epicentre 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 that Rescue teams were being helicoptered into the stricken areas.
Photographs on Afghan media and social media showed houses reduced to rubble.