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Agony: A boy who was injured in the 7.5 magnitude earthquake receives medical treatment at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan

Agony: A boy who was injured in the 7.5 magnitude earthquake receives medical treatment at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan

The Taliban today called a truce to allow aid agencies to push ahead with emergency relief after a massive quake hit Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing more than 350 people.

The toll was expected to rise as search teams reach remote areas that were cut off by yesterday’s 7.5-magnitude quake, which triggered landslides and stampedes as it toppled buildings and severed communication lines.

Relief operations to assess the damage have been hindered by an unstable security situation that has left much of the affected areas unsafe for international aid workers and government troops.

But the Taliban, which have stepped up their Islamist insurgency against the Western-backed government in Kabul this year, indicated they would not stand in the way of aid efforts.

A man and his son clear rubble from their house after it was damaged by an earthquake in Behsud district of Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan

A man and his son clear rubble from their house after it was damaged by an earthquake in Behsud district of Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan

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