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U.S strike kills 36 ISIS militants in Afghanistan

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A United States military strike with a weapon known as the “Mother Of All Bombs” (MOAB) killed 36 Islamic State militants and destroyed their base, the Afghan defence ministry has said.

The most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever used by the U.S in combat was dropped on an ISIS complex in Nangarhar province, the BBC reports.

No civilians were affected by the explosion, the ministry said.

Former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, condemned the attack as “an inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country.”

Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, confirmed that the attack had been carried out in co-ordination with the government and that “great care had been taken to avoid civilian harm.”

The Afghan defence ministry said the bomb struck a village area in the Momand valley where ISIS fighters were using a 300m-long network of caves.

It said the 21,600lb (9,800kg) bomb also destroyed a large stash of weapons.

Presidential spokesman, Shah Hussain Murtazawi told the BBC that ISIS commander, Siddiq Yar, was among those killed.

Mr. Murtazawi said the ISIS fighters in the tunnels had “come from Pakistan and were persecuting people in the local area.”

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