U.S.’ mother of all bombs’ killed 36 Daesh militants in Afghanistan: Afghan MoD

KABUL,14th April, 2017 (WAM) — Up to 36 Daesh militants were killed in Afghanistan when the US dropped the “mother of all bombs”, the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat, the Afghan defence ministry said on Friday.

“No civilian has been hurt and only the base, which Daesh used to launch attacks in other parts of the province, was destroyed,”Dawlat Waziri, an Afghan ministry spokesman said of Thursday’s strike.

The device is a GPS-guided munition that had never before been used in combat since its first test in 2003, when it produced a mushroom cloud visible from 20 miles (32 km) away.

US Army General John W Nicholson, commander of the country’s forces in Afghanistan, said in a written statement that the strike was designed to minimise the risk to Afghan and US forces conducting clearing operations in the Achin area “while maximising the destruction” of Daesh fighters and facilities.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the US had used a “large, powerful and accurately-delivered weapon” to disrupt the movements of militants in the country.

[Image caption: This image made from a Thursday, April 13, 2017 video released by the U.S. Department of Defense shows a plume of smoke rising from a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb strike on an Islamic State militant cave and tunnel systems in the Achin district of the Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan. U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear weapon every used in combat by the U.S. military, Pentagon officials said. (U.S. Department of Defense via AP]

Source: Emirates News Agency