Toll from Afghan earthquake rises to 166

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The death toll is climbing after a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit northern Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan, on Monday afternoon (local time).

As many as 140 have been reportedly killed and over 1,000 have been injured in Pakistan, Express News reports.

At least 24 people, including 12 schoolgirls, have been killed in Afghanistan so far.

Sonatullah Taimor, the spokesman for the Takhar provincial governor, said another 30 girls were taken to the hospital in the provincial capital of Taluqan.

In the Afghan capital, Kabul, buildings shook violently but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

 

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