US drops biggest non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province

Published April 13th, 2017 - 05:39 GMT
Afghan security personnel stand guard at the site of a suicide attack near the Ministry of Defense in Kabul on April 12, 2017. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)
Afghan security personnel stand guard at the site of a suicide attack near the Ministry of Defense in Kabul on April 12, 2017. (AFP/Wakil Kohsar)

The United States on Thursday dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, known as the "mother of all bombs," on an area occupied by Daesh fighters in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, Reuters reported.

Weighing in at 21,000 pounds, it is the largest non-nuclear bomb, and was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said.

The blast would “feel like a nuclear weapon to anyone near the area," retired Lt. Col. Rick Francona told CNN in an interview.

Nangarhar province is located close to the Pakistani border and is also a busy area for trade and hosts large numbers of Afghan refugees recently deported from Pakistan.

No figures on casualties are yet available.


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