A US military aircraft dropped a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan April 13, the Pentagon announced.
The $16 million MOAB is 21,600 pounds, has a blast radius up to one mile and can penetrate up to 200 feet of concrete. It was dropped from a modified Hercules MC-130.
According to the Defense Department, US forces in Afghanistan conducted a strike on an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan tunnel complex in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, as part of ongoing campaign against “ISIS-K” in Afghanistan, or the Khorosan group. “The strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and US forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities,” said DoD.
Reports indicate the strike killed 36 fighters. An Afghan provincial official later reported a death toll of 94.