Quake jolts northwest Pak; five injured

An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 rocked Peshawar and other parts of northwest Pakistan`s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on Thursday, leaving at least five persons injured.

Peshawar: An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 rocked Peshawar and other parts of northwest Pakistan`s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on Thursday, leaving at least five persons injured.

Apart from Peshawar, the quake jolted Mardan, Nowshera, Swat, Dir, Balakot, Haripur, Manshera, Abbotabad and the Khyber tribal region at 8:59 am local time, officials said.

The epicentre of the temblor was located 280 km northwest at the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, they said.

A state-run rescue service said a teacher and four students at a girls` school in Shabqadar town of Charsadda district were injured during a stampede triggered by the earthquake.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital and their condition was described as stable.

PTI