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Earthquake Rattles Eastern Afghanistan, Kills Five

Afghan officials say five people were killed and six others injured when an earthquake struck near the country's eastern border with Pakistan.

A Defense Ministry spokesman, General Mohammed Zahir Azimi, said several homes were destroyed in the quake in Zabul province, correcting an earlier statement that the quake struck in neighboring Paktika province.

The spokesman said that Army rescue teams and doctors were in the region assessing the damage and helping villagers.

Pakistan's Seismological Center in the city of Peshawar said two quakes were registered along the border area early Sunday. War-shattered Afghanistan does not have a meteorological agency that can provide information about the scale of earthquakes.

Afghanistan was spared the devastation caused by a massive October 8 earthquake in neighboring Pakistan and in India.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.