Kabul: The US military’s largest non-nuclear bomb killed at least 36 militants as it decimated a deep tunnel complex of the Islamic State group, Afghan officials said on Friday, ruling out any civilian casualties.
“As a result of the bombing, key Daesh (IS) hideouts and deep tunnel complex were destroyed and 36 IS fighters were killed,” the defence ministry stated of the strike in eastern Afghanistan late Thursday.
Over 21 Kerala youths who were brainwashed to get inducted into ISIS are feared killed in the US’s non nuclear bomb attack on Afghanistan’s Nangarhar late on Thursday.
Indian intelligence agencies said that the last known location of Indian ISIS recruits was Nangarhar, the region where the US military dropped its ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ (MOAB) targeting terror tunnels.
General John Nicholson, the head of US and international forces in Afghanistan, said that the bomb was used against caves and bunkers housing fighters of the Islamic State in Afghanistan, also known as ISIS-K. “This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K”, Nicholson said in a statement.