Over the weekend, Afghan Officials told reporters that death toll from the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast that was dropped in Afghanistan last week to eliminate a series of underground bunkers and tunnels belonging to ISIS is now at 94. The 22,000-pound bomb, also referred to as the “Mother Of All Bombs (MOAB),” was dropped on an ISIS-K cave and tunnel system in the Achin district of the Nangarhar Province. ISIS-K refers to the Khorasan group which is located in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.
“Our team is in the area and they are doing clearance, so the figure might change as they find more bodies,”said Dawlat Waziri, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, according to CNN.
Officials said there is no record of civilian casualties so far, and that the number of those killed only involves enemy combatants. The U.S. and Afghanistan forces coordinated heavily with each other as they prepared to drop the explosive, and many civilians were evacuated along with their belonging long before it exploded.
One elderly resident, known as Hanifullah, was at his brother’s house when the bomb was dropped. He spoke to the LA Times about what he heard.
“The bomb’s reverberations wave frightened me so badly,”Hanifullah said. “I have witnessed thousands of battles, but no bomb scared me like this one did.”
Assessments are still ongoing as U.S. forces continue to examine the damage caused by the explosion.
You can watch Department of Defense video of the MOAB dropping on the ISIS tunnels below: