12 schoolgirls killed in stampede after earthquake

2015-10-26 13:54

Kabul - At least 12 girls were killed after a stampede broke out in their school in the northern Afghan province of Takhar following a powerful earthquake on Monday, officials say.

"The students rushed to escape the school building in Taluqan city [capital of Takhar], triggering a stampede," Takhar education department chief Enayat Naweed told AFP.

"Twelve students, all minors, were killed and 35 others were injured."

The Pakistan death toll after the earthquake has jumped to at least 52, officials told AFP.

The toll stood at at least 28 in the northern tribal areas, 20 in the northwest, three in Gilgit-Baltistan and one in Pakistani Kashmir.

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