KABUL 15 April 2017: Up to 36 Daesh militants were killed in Afghanistan when the US dropped Moab – “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 night’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, said Wam.
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.
By Angel Chan