The United States has dropped the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ – its largest non-nuclear bomb – on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan.
It is the first time this bomb. which contains 11 tons of explosives, has ever been used in combat since it was developed in 2003.
The Pentagon confirmed US forces had used the 21,000lb GBU-43 bomb on a cave believed to be used by IS fighters in the Achin district of Nangarhar province.
The location was close to the border with Pakistan.
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General John Nicholson, the head of US and international forces in Afghanistan, confirmed the bomb had been used against caves and bunkers housing fighters of the Islamic State.
He said in a statement: ‘This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS.’
It was not immediately clear how much damage the bomb did.
The Air Force refers to the GBU-43 as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb and it has been nicknamed the ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ based on the acronym.
Retired Lt. Col. Rick Francona told CNN the blast generated by the bomb would ‘feel like a nuclear weapon to anyone near the area’.