Northern Afghanistan Hit By Magnitude Earthquake

Afghanistan earthquakeA powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck northern Afghanistan, with tremors felt as far away as India.

According to the US geological survey, the quake’s epicentre was in the northern province of Badakhshan, close to the Pakistani and Tajik borders.

It is not clear if there were any casualties in the area itself, but at least 17 people were injured in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

Hundreds were killed by a quake in the same area on October the 26th.

Residents in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, were reported to have run into the streets after feeling the impact of the quake.

The region has a history of powerful earthquakes caused by the northward collision of the Indian and Eurasian plates.

In 2005, a magnitude 7.6 quake in Pakistan-administered Kashmir left more than 75,000 people dead.

In April this year, Nepal suffered its worst earthquake on record with 9,000 people killed and about 900,000 homes damaged or destroyed.

US To Compensate Kunduz Hospital Bombing Victims

US to compensate Kunduz Hospital Bombing VictimThe US is to pay compensation for those killed and injured in an air strike on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in northern Afghanistan.

The Pentagon said that the strike was a mistake and that it was trying to target Taliban insurgents.

MSF called the attack a war crime and called for an international committee to investigate.

Those injured in the strike and the families of those killed are eligible for “condolence payments” from the US.

Funds would also be made available to repair the hospital, the Pentagon added.

President Barrack Obama apologised to the MSF President and the Afghan Leader for the incident.

MSF is still trying to trace more than 30 staff and patients who remained unaccounted for.

At least 22 staff and patients were killed in the bombing in the city of Kunduz a week ago.

Afghanistan: Taliban Assault Kunduz City From Different Directions

kunduzThere has been a deadly siege on the Afghan city of Kunduz where reports say hundreds of Taliban fighters are attacking the city from several directions.

Police said that the militants have entered a hospital and are locked in deadly combat with security forces.

Kunduz province has seen a number of attacks since April, with the Taliban joining forces with other insurgents.

The assault comes a day after a bomb attack on a sports match in the Eastern Paktika province killed nine people.

Kunduz province contains major roads that connect central and northern Afghanistan, including a road to the capital, Kabul.