Islamic State denies suffering casualties from huge US bomb in Afghanistan

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"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.

The commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, said in a statement Thursday that it was the "right munition" to use to destroy the militants' network of tunnels in the area. MOAB, also known as the 'mother of all bombs, ' is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped in any combat and had been in Afghanistan since January. The bomb then fell to Earth with fins steering it to within 10 yards of its target.

The Afghan Defense Ministry said 36 militants were killed, though local officials and residents put the number much higher.

Afghan forces were at the tunnel complex assessing the damage, he added.

Nicholson said the US coordinated with the Afghan government on this operation.

"I was sleeping when we heard a loud explosion".

"The earth felt like a boat in a storm", one villager who lived near the blast told The Guardian.

In the footage, the bomb can be seen streaking down from the sky and onto the valley of a mountain.

Fellow Achin district resident Hakim Khan, 50, said, "I want a hundred times more bombings on this group". The whole house was shaking.

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The strike was part of efforts to defeat Islamic State's local affiliate ISIS-K in Afghanistan, the US Central Command said.

"They killed our women, youths and elders sitting them on mines".

Sen. Jim Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, said the decision to drop the bomb "sends a clear message that the United States is committed and determined to defeating ISIS and other terrorist organizations in Afghanistan".

The Islamic State (ISIS) was expected to deny any significant loss from the U.S. bombing on its base in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on Thursday. America has concentrated on fighting them while also supporting Afghan forces against the Taliban.

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday the bombing was "another successful job".

In Helmand province, at least 11 civilians were killed and one wounded in two roadside bomb blasts late Friday evening, said Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor.

Nangarhar provincial spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, gave a toll of 90. Nicholson stated that USA forces had "surveillance over the area before, during and after the operation, and now we have Afghan and USA forces on the site and see no evidence of civilian casualties". It said they were careful to prevent any civilian casualties.

According to reports in the western media, the ISIS has denied any casualty in Thursday's MOAB attack on its base in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.

Daesh is the Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

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