Earthquake in Afghanistan, at least 20 dead

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A magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook western Afghanistan today, killing more than 20 people and destroying hundreds of homes, local officials said.

The quake affected the western province of Badghis, which borders Turkmenistan, and destroyed brick houses.

"Unfortunately, the first figures show that 22 people were killed, including women and children, and four were injured," said Baz Mohammad Sarwari, director of the Information and Culture Center in Badghis, who added that the death toll was high. could be even bigger.

Mula Janan Saeqe from the Ministry of Emergency Situations confirmed the number of victims and said 700 houses had been destroyed.

The quake was at a depth of 30 kilometers towards the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center.