STORY: The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck early on Wednesday about 160 km, (100 miles) southeast of Kabul, in arid mountains dotted with small settlements near the border with Pakistan.
Aerial footage filmed by Afghan police on Wednesday (June 22) showed destroyed houses. Other footage showed people in Paktika province digging graves to bury the dead.
The earthquake killed some 1,000 people and injured 1,500 injured, he said. More than 3,000 houses were destroyed.
The toll makes its Afghanistan's deadliest earthquake in two decades, according to U.S. government data.
About 600 people had been rescued from various affected areas on Wednesday night, disaster management officials said.