MOAB strike: US bombing of IS in Afghanistan ‘killed dozens’

An Afghan soldier points to the area where the US dropped the bomb

A US military strike with a weapon known as the “mother of all bombs”, or MOAB, killed 36 Islamic State (IS) group militants and destroyed their base, the Afghan defence ministry says.

The most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US in combat was dropped on IS tunnels in Nangarhar province.

No civilians were affected by the explosion, the ministry said.

The US military said the bomb was used purely on tactical grounds, “the right weapon against the right target”.

A statement on the IS-supporting Amaq news agency denied there were any IS casualties in the bomb strike.



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