Moscow: Russia has dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb ever detonated on ISIS fighters near a Syrian city, according to unconfirmed reports. The Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power (ATBIP) also known as the Father of All Bombs’ was reportedly dropped by the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.
Activists posting on Twitter on September 7 claimed to have seen the bomb in action. This was the same day the Russian Defence Ministry revealed it has killed several top Islamic State group commanders in a Facebook post.
‘As a result of a precision air strike of the Russian air forces in the vicinity of Deir Ezzor city, a command post, communication centre and some 40 ISIS fighters have been killed,’ it said.
These included US-trained ‘minister of war’ Gulmurod Khalimov, who has a $3 million bounty on his head, and the high-profile commander Abu-Muhammad al-Shimali.
So far, there has been no confirmation from the Russian Defence Ministry that the Father of All Bombs was dropped during the strike.The Father of All Bombs has rarely been officially photographed or videoed.
The huge munition works by releasing a cloud of flammable gas over its target before detonating; creating a deadly pressure wave that can crush hidden bunkers. When it was first tested in 2007, Russian military sources said it was ‘comparable to nuclear weapons’.