At least 22 killed in Afghanistan earthquake

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A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck the western province of Badghis, bordering TurkmenistanIn the afternoon, brick houses turned to rubble, according to photos shared by local authorities.

“Unfortunately, our preliminary reports suggest that 22 people, including women and children, have been killed and four others have been injured,” said Baz Mohamed Sarvari, director of information and culture of the Badghis provincial administration.

“Mujahideen have reached some of the affected areas, but since Badagi is a mountainous province, the casualties could increase,” he said, referring to Taliban fighters.

Mullah Janan Sake, the head of the Emergency Operations Center of the State Ministry of Emergency Affairs, confirmed the death toll and said more than 700 homes had been damaged.

Sanullah Sabit, head of the nursing unit at the capital’s main hospital in Badghis, said he had found five patients injured in the quake, mostly bones and fractures.

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center, the quake was at a depth of 30 kilometers (about 19 miles).