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Deadly Earthquake Rocks Northeastern Afghanistan


At least eight people were killed during an earthquake overnight in northeastern Afghanistan, officials said early on September 5.

The number of fatalities could rise, Mawlavi Najibullah Hanif, a spokesman for the governor of Kunar Province, told journalists.

An earthquake measuring magnitude 5.3 struck near the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad during the early-morning hours.

"Sunday night’s earthquake has caused financial and human loses," Hanif said.

In June, an earthquake in eastern Afghanistan left more than 1,000 people dead and destroyed several settlements.

Based on reporting by Reuters

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