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Death toll from Afghanistan earthquake reaches 1,000

In this image taken from video from Bakhtar State News Agency, Taliban fighters secure a government helicopter to evacuate injured people in Gayan district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, June 22, 2022 (Bakhtar State News Agency via AP)
In this image taken from video from Bakhtar State News Agency, Taliban fighters secure a government helicopter to evacuate injured people in Gayan district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, June 22, 2022 (Bakhtar State News Agency via AP)

KABUL — The death toll from an overnight earthquake in Afghanistan has reached at least 1,000, an official from one of the worst-hit provinces says.

“The number is increasing. People are digging grave after grave,” Mohammad Amin Huzaifa, head of the Information and Culture Department in Paktika, says in a message to journalists.

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