A Pakistani newspaper quoted the officials of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan as saying that Omar Khalid Khorasani, one of the top commanders of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, was killed in Paktika.
The US State Department said the US Agency for International Development (USAID) would provide 'nearly $55 million' in humanitarian assistance for the people affected by the recent earthquake in southeastern Afghanistan.
Mullah Nooruddin Torabi called on national and international humanitarian organizations to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Paktika and Khost provinces in coordination with the Afghan Red Crescent Society.
An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 killed at least 950 people in Afghanistan early on Wednesday, officials said, adding that at least 610 of people were injured and the toll is likely to rise as information trickles in from remote mountain villages.
Following the severe earthquake in Paktika and Khost provinces and the death and injury of many citizens in these provinces, the Islamic Republic of Iran, while expressing its condolences to the survivors of the accident, announced its full readiness to send aid to the quake-hit areas.