36 ISIS fighters killed by US ‘mother of all bombs’: Afghan official

(CNN) – A colossal US bomb dropped Thursday on ISIS tunnels in eastern Afghanistan killed 36 militants, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

The blast, from the weapon dubbed the “mother of all bombs,” destroyed three underground tunnels as well as weapons and ammunition, but no civilians were hurt, said a Defense Ministry spokesman.
US military officials told CNN a GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) was dropped on ISIS positions in Nangarhar province, near the Pakistan border.
Capable of destroying an area equivalent to nine city blocks, the 30-foot-long, 21,600-pound bomb is the most powerful non-nuclear weapon the US has in its arsenal. It’s the first time it’s ever been used in conflict.
A local resident living around two kilometers (1.5 miles) from the blast told CNN he heard an “extremely loud boom that smashed the windows of our house.”


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