Massive US bomb death toll rises to 94


At least 94 Islamic State fighters were killed when the USA military dropped America's most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS targets in Afghanistan, an Afghan official said Saturday.

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

In another dramatic show of military force after the bombing of a Syrian airfield with 59 Tomahawk missiles, the USA military on Thursday dropped a GBU-43/B, colloquially known as the "Mother Of All Bombs" or MOAB, to target tunnels and bunkers built by Islamic State fighter in Nangarhar province.

But the administration of President Ashraf Ghani had said earlier on Friday that the Afghan military authorities were working closely with US military forces in the country to coordinate operations against ISIS militants based in the area.

Trump said he authorised the use of the MOAB - Massive Ordnance Air Blast - and called the mission "very, very successful".

The Kabul government has defended the dropping of a 11-ton "Mother of All Bombs" by the USA forces on suspected Islamic State hideouts in eastern Afghanistan near Pakistan.

The bomb was dropped after fighting intensified over the past week and US-backed ground forces struggled to advance on the area. Reporter: "My house was shaking after the blast", this man said.

Take another look. The quiet valley, then you can see the bomb falling there, guided by internal Global Positioning System right to the target.

The top USA military commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, had said the decision to use the bomb was purely tactical, and made as part of the campaign against IS-linked fighters.

This comes as the Afghan forces conducted counter-terrorism operations in the restive districts of Nangarhar under the Hamza operations launched almost two weeks ago.

The dead included several leaders of the Islamic State affiliate, which is loosely connected to the main militant organization based in Iraq and Syria, Afghan officials said.

Multiple Afghan officials previously said they had no information about the bombing before it happened.

US officials have said they believe the movement has only 700 fighters but Afghan officials estimate it has about 1,500.

John Nicholson, has instructed the Air Force to drop the largest non-nuclear bomb on a cave-complex in Afghanistan near the Pakistani border.

On April 8, U.S. Special Forces soldier Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar was killed in Nangarhar as part of American efforts to combat the group. His strong words could signal a broader political backlash that may endanger the US military mission in Afghanistan.

"We have the greatest military in the world, and they've done the job, as usual".

Last year, air strikes by worldwide forces caused at least 127 civilian deaths and 108 injuries, up from 103 deaths and 67 injuries in 2015, the United Nations said.

The move by U.S Forces on Thursday night, targeting an important stronghold of Daesh, has been met with mixed reactions by Afghans.