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14 Nepali security guards killed in Kabul suicide attack

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KABUL — 14 Nepali security guards were reportedly killed and a few others injured when a suicide bomber targeted their minibus in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Monday.

A suicide bomber has hit a minibus carrying foreign nationals in the Afghan capital Kabul, causing several casualties, reported Ariana News.

The explosion was heard around 6:00 pm early morning in the city.

According to the reports a suicide attacker has targeted a minibus carrying Nepali security guards in police district 9th in Kabul.

A security official has confirmed the attack, but saying it is early to speak about the exact number of causalities.

The identity of the dead, however, has not been confirmed.

Afghan police said it was not clear whether the victims were Afghans or Nepali security contractors. Afghan Interior Ministry Spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said police was working to identify the victims.

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Magnitude 8.2 quake rattles Fiji

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A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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