The United States unleashed its massive non-nuclear bomb - GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB, in a combat first time on ISIS positions in Afghanistan on Thursday.
The strike in Nangarhar province near the Pakistan border killed at least 90 ISIS fighters, Afghan officials told Saturday.
The 21,600-pound GPS-guided bomb that is capable of destroying an area equivalent to nine city blocks, smashed IS’s mountain hideouts and a tunnel-and-cave complex that had been mined against conventional ground attacks on April 13.
However, ISIS denied that any of its fighters were killed or injured, according to a statement in Arabic distributed by the terror group's media wing, Amaq News Agency.
Nicknamed ‘Mother of all bombs’, MOAB, containing 11 tons of explosives, was dropped from an MC-130 aircraft operated by Air Force Special Operations Command.
The US has been widely questioned for this move, as former Afghan president, current President Ashraf Ghani and other officials close to him condemned the use of Afghanistan as a testing ground for the weapon, and against a militant group that controls only a tiny sliver of territory and is not considered a huge threat.