At least eight dead in Afghan quake

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At least eight people have been killed overnight in an earthquake in northeastern Afghanistan and the toll could rise, an official quoted by the state new agency says.

"Sunday night's earthquake has caused financial and human losses in Kunar province," Mawlavi Najibullah Hanif, Director of Information and Culture of Kunar and Governor's Spokesman, told Bakhtar News Agency.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded an earthquake of magnitude 5.3 near the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad in the early hours of Monday morning.

Afghanistan is still reeling from a strong earthquake that killed more than 1000 people and wiped out villages in eastern Afghanistan in June.