MOAB death toll of ISIS fighters rises

At least 94 ISIS militants were killed when the U.S. military dropped the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat on a tunnel complex in eastern Nangarhar province, near the Pakistan border.

That number is up from an original estimate of 36 dead, according to Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar in a report by the New York Post.

“Fortunately there is no report of civilians being killed in the attack,” said Khogyani on Saturday.

Khogyani noted that at least four IS group leaders were eliminated by the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB, and a clearance operation to assess the site of the attack was ongoing.

The strike on Thursday was aimed at an Islamic State group tunnel complex which has recently been under attack from Afghan forces.

On Friday, the office of President Ashraf Ghani said that the U.S. military and the Afghan government had coordinated the operation jointly, and they made every effort to prevent civilian casualties.

According to U.S. military estimates, there are currently between 600 and 800 ISIS fighters in Afghanistan, most of them concentrated in Nangarhar. In addition to battling ISIS, more than 8,000 US troops have been training local Afghan forces and conducting counterterrorism operations there.

Khogyani noted that a district chief and three others were wounded when their vehicle was targeted by a bomb, but they survived and are now out of danger.

H/T: New York Post

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