At least 94 Daesh terrorists including four key commanders were killed in Afghanistan after the USA dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on a cave complex in Nangarhar province, the provincial government said Saturday.
At least 82 militants of IS group had been killed following the raid that also destroyed a big IS hideout along with several bunkers as well as a 300-meter-long tunnels, according to Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman of provincial government.
Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said no civilians were harmed in the massive blast that targeted a network of caves and tunnels that had been heavily mined.
Afghan officials said 36 militants were killed in the strike. A statement released Friday through ISIS' media wing, Amaq News Agency, said none of the terror group's fighters were killed or injured.
No civilians were killed in the explosion, Mr Shinwary said.
General John Nicholson, the top USA military commander in Afghanistan, said Friday his forces had coordinated the attack with the Afghan government, "just as we have since we started these operations in early March".
US President Donald Trump said on Thursday the bombing was "another successful job".
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While the attack was supported by the Afghan government, former president Hamid Karzai said it represented an "inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country as testing ground for new and unsafe weapons".
"This was the right weapon against the right target", Nicholson said at his presser, adding "the weapon used, the GBU-43, is created to destroy caves and tunnels".
He argued that the USA dropping a highly destructive non-nuclear bomb on Afghanistan is "not (about) the war on terror", rather it's about using the country "as (a) testing ground for new and risky weapons". "Initially we thought it was an quake, but a day later we came to know that the USA had dropped a bomb in the Afghan side of the territory". "The problem will be taken care of", Trump said Thursday during a meeting at the White House.
Residents in Afghan villages near the target area felt Thursday's powerful strike.
"We were all scared and my children and my wife were crying". He said Afghan forces were at the tunnel complex assessing the damage. "We begged to use bombs on the minefield ghost town I lost my legs clearing". It did not provide any details on how many of these bombs exist.
But the massive blast still terrified villagers 20 miles away across the border in Pakistan.
The security situation remains precarious in Afghanistan, with a number of militant groups trying to claim territory more than 15 years after the USA invasion which toppled the Taliban government.