The number of ISIS fighters killed by a huge bomb, nicknamed the “mother of all bombs,” dropped by the U.S. military in Afghanistan has climbed to 94 including four commanders, an Afghan regional governor said Saturday.
Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar, confirmed the increased death toll from the 36 dead Islamic State militants reported the previous day. “Fortunately there is no report of civilians being killed in the attack,” Khogyani added.
The 21,000-pound bomb was dropped on a tunnel complex being used by affiliates of ISIS in Nangarhar province near the Pakistani border.
Developed during the Iraq war, the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB) is the U.S. military’s biggest non-nuclear bomb but was never used after testing because of concerns that it could result to mass civilian casualties.
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“The earth felt like a boat in a storm,” one villager who lived near the blast told The Guardian. He continued, “My ears were deaf for a while. My windows and doors are broken. There are cracks in the walls.” Achin’s Mayor Naweed Shinwari said, “my relatives thought the end of the world had come.”
“Last night’s bomb was really huge, when it dropped, everywhere, it was shaking,” one resident told Reuters. He characterized the strike as a “positive move” to rid the village of ISIS fighters. One man who lived two miles from the blast area told CNN “we were all scared and my children and my wife were crying. We thought it had happened right in front of our house.”