At least 94 Isis militants have been killed in an attack that saw the US military drop the largest non-nuclear weapon it has ever used in combat, Afghan officials say.
Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar, where the bomb fell, said the number of Isis members dead was up from the 36 reported a day earlier.
“Fortunately, there is no report of civilians being killed in the attack,” Mr Khogyani said.
The US dropped the GBU-43 massive ordnance air blast, also known as the “mother of all bombs” – or MOAB, for short – on an area of eastern Afghanistan known to be populated by Isis militants.
The Pentagon said the strike was the first time the 21,000lb weapon had been used in combat operations.
Still image from a video released by the US Department of Defence shows the moment the ‘mother of all bombs’ struck in
Nangarhar (Reuters)
The ordnance was aimed at a tunnel complex in the remote eastern Nangarhar province near the Pakistan border, where it is believed to have killed at least four Isis leaders, Mr Khogyani said.
He said a clearance operation to assess the site of the attack was still under way.
Yesterday, the US commander in Afghanistan said the bomb had “achieved its intended purpose”.
“This weapon was used against Isis-K and their sanctuary inside Afghanistan,” General John Nicholson, commander of Nato forces,told reporters .”The purpose of this operation was to eliminate their sanctuary inside Southern Nangarhar… The weapon achieved its intended purpose.”

Source: Independent.

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