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MOAB strike: US releases footage of 'mother of all bombs' being dropped

India TV News Desk Washington 14 Apr 2017, 23:41:54 IST
India TV News Desk

The Pentagon on Friday released the video footage shows the US unleashing the biggest non-nuclear bomb ever against ISIS targets in Afghanistan.

The aerial images show the moment when the so-called "mother of all bombs", which had never been used until this Thursday, hit the side of a mountain in the Achin district of Nangarhar province with a explosive power equivalent to 11 tons of TNT, Efe news reported.

An immense column of smoke and debris appears after the explosion in order to create a powerful expanding shock wave capable of demolishing tunnels and bunkers by setting off a small earthquake.

The video shows with just how much power the expanding wave blasted the remote mountainous area in eastern Afghanistan that the IS had made one of its strongholds.

The attack occurred at 7.32 p.m. on Thursday, and according to Afghan Defense Minister Mohammad Radmanesh, at least 37 IS militants died in the blast.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Thursday that the goal was to destroy a system of tunnels and caves that the IS in Afghanistan "used to move around freely, making it easier for them to target US military advisers and Afghan forces in the area".

(With inputs from IANS)