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MOAB strike: US kills 94 IS fighters in Afghanistan

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Fortunately there is no report of civilians being killed in the attack, official said

AP | PTI  |  Kabul  April 15, 2017 Last Updated at 14:00 IST

The number of militants killed in an attack by the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the military has risen to 94, an Afghan official said today.


Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar, said the number of Islamic State group dead was up from the 36 reported a day earlier.


A Ministry of Defence official had said yesterday the number of dead could rise as officials assessed the bomb site in Achin district.


“Fortunately there no report of civilians being killed in the attack,” Khogyani said.


The attack on a tunnel complex in remote eastern Nangarhar province near the Pakistan border killed at least four group leaders, Khogyani said. He said a clearance operation to assess the site of the attack was continuing.


The strike using the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB, was carried out Thursday against an Islamic State group tunnel complex carved into the mountains that Afghan forces had tried to assault repeatedly in recent weeks in fierce fighting in Nangarhar province.


The office of President Ashraf Ghani said Friday there was “close coordination” between the U.S. Military and the Afghan government on the operation, and they were careful to prevent any civilian casualties.


The estimates 600-800 fighters are in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar. The has concentrated on fighting them while also supporting Afghan forces against the Taliban. The has more than 8,000 troops in Afghanistan, training local forces and conducting counterterrorism operations.


Also on Saturday, Khogyani said a district leader and three were wounded when their vehicle was targeted by a bomb. One of the wounded was Ghalib Mujahid, Bati Kot district chief, he said.


“The district chief and are out of danger and are not in life-threatening condition,” he said.


Last November, Mujahid was attacked by a sticky bomb attached to the vehicle and he was wounded and his driver was killed.

MOAB strike: US kills 94 IS fighters in Afghanistan

Fortunately there is no report of civilians being killed in the attack, official said

Fortunately there is no report of civilians being killed in the attack, official said

The number of militants killed in an attack by the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the military has risen to 94, an Afghan official said today.


Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar, said the number of Islamic State group dead was up from the 36 reported a day earlier.


A Ministry of Defence official had said yesterday the number of dead could rise as officials assessed the bomb site in Achin district.


“Fortunately there no report of civilians being killed in the attack,” Khogyani said.


The attack on a tunnel complex in remote eastern Nangarhar province near the Pakistan border killed at least four group leaders, Khogyani said. He said a clearance operation to assess the site of the attack was continuing.


The strike using the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB, was carried out Thursday against an Islamic State group tunnel complex carved into the mountains that Afghan forces had tried to assault repeatedly in recent weeks in fierce fighting in Nangarhar province.


The office of President Ashraf Ghani said Friday there was “close coordination” between the U.S. Military and the Afghan government on the operation, and they were careful to prevent any civilian casualties.


The estimates 600-800 fighters are in Afghanistan, mostly in Nangarhar. The has concentrated on fighting them while also supporting Afghan forces against the Taliban. The has more than 8,000 troops in Afghanistan, training local forces and conducting counterterrorism operations.


Also on Saturday, Khogyani said a district leader and three were wounded when their vehicle was targeted by a bomb. One of the wounded was Ghalib Mujahid, Bati Kot district chief, he said.


“The district chief and are out of danger and are not in life-threatening condition,” he said.


Last November, Mujahid was attacked by a sticky bomb attached to the vehicle and he was wounded and his driver was killed.

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