According to local authorities, an earthquake struck western Afghanistan on Monday, killing more than 20 people and demolishing hundreds of dwellings.

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According to images posted by local officials, the 5.6 magnitude tremor struck the western province of Badghis, which borders Turkmenistan, in the afternoon, destroying brick homes.

“Unfortunately, our initial reports show that 22 people, including women and children, have been killed and four others injured,” says Baz Mohammad Sarwari, the Badghis provincial administration’s head of information and culture.

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“The Mujahideen have reached to some of the affected areas but Badghis is a mountainous province, so the number of casualties might go up,” he added, referring to Taliban militants, and noting that the area was also being pounded by heavy rain.

Mullah Janan Saeqe, the head of the Ministry of State for Emergency Affairs’ Emergency Operations Center, verified the death toll and stated more than 700 homes had been damaged.

Sanullah Sabit, the head of the nursing section at the main hospital in Badghis’ capital, said five people had been hurt in the quake, with the most suffering from fractured bones and fractures.

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


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