US drops 'Mother of all Bombs' in Afghanistan killing 36

    US drops 'Mother of all Bombs' in Afghanistan killing 36

    Apr 14, Kabul: A US military strike with a weapon known as the "mother of all bombs" (MOAB) killed 36 IS militants and destroyed their base, the Afghan defence ministry says.

    According to reports, the 21,600lb (9,800kg) bomb was dropped on a tunnel complex used by so-called Islamic State in Nangarhar province.
    No civilians were affected by the explosion, the ministry said. However, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack as "an inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country".

    The Afghan defence ministry said the bomb struck a village area in the Momand valley where IS fighters were using a network of caves.
    It said the bomb also destroyed a large stash of weapons.The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US in a conflict.

    It was dropped by plane in Achin district on Thursday evening local time, the Pentagon said. It is more than 9m (30 ft) in length.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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