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MOAB strike: US kills 90 IS fighters in Afghanistan

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Afghan officials had earlier said the bombing had killed 36 IS fighters

AFP | PTI  |  Jalalabad  April 15, 2017 Last Updated at 12:02 IST

The number of Islamic State fighters killed by a massive in eastern has nearly tripled to at least 90, Afghan officials said today.


The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb — dubbed the “Mother Of All Bombs” — was unleashed in combat for the first time, hitting positions in eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday.


The bomb smashed their mountain hideouts, a tunnel and cave complex that had been mined against conventional ground attacks, engulfing the remote area in towering flames.


“At least 92 Daesh (IS) fighters were killed in the bombing,” Achin district governor Esmail Shinwari said on Saturday. Nangarhar provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani gave a toll of 90.


Afghan officials had earlier said the bombing had killed 36 fighters.


Shinwari insisted there were “no military and civilian casualties at all”.


Security experts say had built their redoubts close to civilian homes, but the government said thousands of local families had already fled the area in recent months of fighting.


The massive bomb was dropped after fighting intensified over the past week and US-backed ground forces struggled to advance on the area. An American special forces soldier was killed last Saturday in Nangarhar while conducting anti- operations.


President Ashraf Ghani threw his support behind the bombardment.


But some officials close to him condemned the use of as what they called a testing ground for the weapon, and against a militant group that controls only a tiny sliver of territory and not considered a huge threat.


IS, notorious for its reign of terror in Syria and Iraq, has made inroads into in recent years, attracting disaffected members of the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban as well as Uzbek Islamists.


But the group has been steadily losing ground in the face of heavy pressure both from US airstrikes and a ground offensive led by Afghan forces.

MOAB strike: US kills 90 IS fighters in Afghanistan

Afghan officials had earlier said the bombing had killed 36 IS fighters

Afghan officials had earlier said the bombing had killed 36 IS fighters

The number of Islamic State fighters killed by a massive in eastern has nearly tripled to at least 90, Afghan officials said today.


The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb — dubbed the “Mother Of All Bombs” — was unleashed in combat for the first time, hitting positions in eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday.


The bomb smashed their mountain hideouts, a tunnel and cave complex that had been mined against conventional ground attacks, engulfing the remote area in towering flames.


“At least 92 Daesh (IS) fighters were killed in the bombing,” Achin district governor Esmail Shinwari said on Saturday. Nangarhar provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani gave a toll of 90.


Afghan officials had earlier said the bombing had killed 36 fighters.


Shinwari insisted there were “no military and civilian casualties at all”.


Security experts say had built their redoubts close to civilian homes, but the government said thousands of local families had already fled the area in recent months of fighting.


The massive bomb was dropped after fighting intensified over the past week and US-backed ground forces struggled to advance on the area. An American special forces soldier was killed last Saturday in Nangarhar while conducting anti- operations.


President Ashraf Ghani threw his support behind the bombardment.


But some officials close to him condemned the use of as what they called a testing ground for the weapon, and against a militant group that controls only a tiny sliver of territory and not considered a huge threat.


IS, notorious for its reign of terror in Syria and Iraq, has made inroads into in recent years, attracting disaffected members of the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban as well as Uzbek Islamists.


But the group has been steadily losing ground in the face of heavy pressure both from US airstrikes and a ground offensive led by Afghan forces.

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