No report of damage yet from earthquake-hit Afghanistan

Islamabad (dpa) - Afghanistan's Taliban regime said Monday it had received no reports of any damage from the strong earthquake that shook the country on Sunday.

''We have no reports of any damage or casualties from the areas we control,'' Taliban spokesman Qari Fazle Rabbi told the private Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) agency.

The Islamic Taliban control more than 90 per cent territory of the country.

Opponents of the Islamic Taliban who control northern provinces of Takhar and Badakhshan which were worst-hit also did not report any damage.

In the past three years, the provinces suffered two devastating earthquakes which killed an estimated 10,000 people. The region is dominated by the Hindukush mountains and it is difficult to access the villages there.

America's National Earthquake Information Centre at Denver had measured Sunday's earthquake at 6.1 on the Richter scale and put its epicentre 70 kilometres southeast of Badakhshan's capital, Faizabad.

Seismologists in Pakistan, which was also jolted, said the quake did not cause any damage as it had originated 200 kilometres deep inside the Earth's crust.

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