Massive US bomb death toll rises to 94

The bomb used in the strike is claimed to be the biggest non-nuclear bomb.

The region butts up against the porous Pakistan border.

The United States on Thursday launched a major airstrike against the terror group using the Mother of All Bombs, GBU-43 bomb to destroy the tunnels network and other hideouts of the terror group in Achin district.

The official said Nicholson wanted to demonstrate to leaders of the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan the seriousness of his determination to eliminate the group as a military threat.

The initial toll given by Afghan officials for Thursday's strike was 36. Footage put out by the Pentagon showed the bomb slamming into a mountainside overlooking a river valley, causing a giant blast that overwhelms the landscape then sends up a massive column of black smoke.

'It was the right time to use it tactically against the right target on the battlefield'.

"The strike has destroyed an ISIS headquarters, three ISIS hideouts along with several bunkers and deep tunnels as well as huge amount of weapons and ammunition", the Afghanistan Defense Ministry statement said.

The office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said the operation was not a surprise, and that it had been closely coordinated with the Afghan security forces.

The U.S. military strategically dropped a 21,600-pound GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb from a C-130 Hercules on what it called the "right target" in the eastern Afghanistan on Thursday night. Afghan media quoted locals as saying they saw flames at the bombed site.

The top US commander in Afghanistan reportedly did not anticipate the impression dropping America's most powerful non-nuclear bomb would make on the public.

President Donald Trump said this week he would be sending his new national security adviser, Lt. Gen. HR McMaster, to Afghanistan "to find out how we can make progress alongside our Afghan partners and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies".

The US hasn't provided any data on how many ISIS fighters were killed by the MOAB, or how many civilians lost their lives as collateral damage, though Afghan officials said Friday that 36 militants were killed.

But former President Hamid Karzai accused the United States of using Afghanistan as "a testing ground for new and risky weapons".

The number of Islamic State fighters killed by a massive USA bomb in eastern Afghanistan has almost tripled to at least 90, Afghan officials said on Saturday.

The statement said it is the responsibility of Afghans, not the US, to remove the Islamic State group from the country. "They kidnapped wives and daughters and forced them to marry fighters", he said.

"This was the first time that we encountered an extensive obstacle to our progress", he said on Friday of a joint Afghan-US operation that has been targeting IS since March.

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