5.7 magnitude quake kills 9 in Turkey

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Tehran: An earthquake measuring  5.7 on Richter scale hit northwestern Iran on Sunday killing at least nine people in neighbouring Turkey and injuring dozens.

The authorities said the epicentre of the quake, which struck at 9:23 am (0553 GMT), was near the Iranian village of Habash-e Olya, less than 10 kilometres (six miles) from the border.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake had a depth of six km.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told reporters that nine persons were killed. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 37 people were injured and nine of them were in critical condition.

He said that 25 ambulances, one rescue helicopter and teams of doctors were rushed to the quake region. Turkish officials said some schools were also damaged in several villages.

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