As many as three dozen militants with the radical Islamic State group were killed when USA forces dropped a 22,000-pound bomb on their hideout in eastern Afghanistan, defense ministry officials said Friday. "The strike has destroyed an IS headquarters, three IS hideouts along with several bunkers and deep tunnels as well as huge amount of weapons and ammunition", the Afghanistan Defence Ministry statement said.
While some Afghan residents are praising Trump and are even asking for more strikes, the former president of the country, Hamid Karzai, called the bombing "brutal" and "inhuman".
"Afghan and foreign troops closely coordinated this operation and were extra cautious to avoid any civilian casualties", it said. Ms. Warren demanded to know why the "Mother of All Bombs" was dropped in the region.
Previous attempts by the Afghans to advance on the area had failed, which is why the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb was brought in. The U.S. has concentrated on fighting them while also supporting Afghan forces against the Taliban.
It comes only a week after US President Donald Trump ordered missile strikes against Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack, and as China warned of the potential for conflict amid rising US tensions with North Korea.
"This was the right weapon against the right target", Army Gen. John Nicholson, the US commander in Afghanistan, said.
An Afghan resident living about a mile from where the bomb fell told CNN he heard an "extremely loud boom that smashed the windows of our house".
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"We will use whatever force that is available to us", Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Radmanesh, said following the strike.
The general said that because the spring offensive against ISIS-K had been slowed by fighters using caves and tunnels, "It was the right time to use it tactically, against the right target on the battlefield".
A US Air Force file image of the GBU-43B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb in an undisclosed location. It's estimated 600 to 800 Islamic State fighters are in Afghanistan.
There has been mixed reaction to the news that United States forces used the biggest available bomb in its arsenal to attack what has been described as a network of tunnels used by Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan. "We have the greatest military in the world, they've done a job, as usual, so we have given them total authorisation and that's what they're doing, and frankly, that's why they've been so successful lately", Trump said.
There were no civilian casualties, officials said.
Inamullah Meyakhil, spokesman for the central hospital in eastern Nangarhar province, said no dead or wounded had been brought to the facility from the attack.