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US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan to target IS

US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan to target IS
April 14, 2017

PESHAWAR, 14 April: The United States dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb on militant hideouts in Afghanistan on Thursday.

This is the first time the GBU-43 bomb, known as the “mother of all bombs,” has ever been used in combat. The bomb contains 11 tons of explosives and is formally known as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb which was dropped on Achin district of Nangarhar province near the Pak-Afghan border through a MC-130 aircraft. US officials said the bomb was used to target the complex of Islamic State (IS) militants in the area which was used for attacks on the US and Afghan security forces.

The officials did not share details about casualties in the blast, however, local sources said a large number of militants have been killed. The US had tested this bomb in 2003, but it was used for military purposes for the first time on Thursday.

US President Donald Trump called it “another successful job” later in the day.

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