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U.S.'mother of all bombs' killed 36 Islamic State militants in Afghanistan

Reuters logo Reuters 14/04/2017

Afghan security personnel stand guard at the site of a suicide attack near the Ministry of Defense in Kabul on April 12, 2017. © WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images Afghan security personnel stand guard at the site of a suicide attack near the Ministry of Defense in Kabul on April 12, 2017.

As many as 36 suspected Islamic State militants were killed in Afghanistan when the United States dropped "the mother of all bombs," its largest non-nuclear device ever unleashed in combat, the Afghan Defence Ministry said on Friday.

The claims have not been independently verified, but ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said no civilians were harmed in Thursday's massive blast that targeted a network of caves and tunnels.

"No civilian has been hurt and only the base which Daesh used to launch attacks in other parts of the province, was destroyed," Waziri said in a statement, using an Arabic term for Islamic State, which has established a small stronghold in eastern Afghanistan and launched deadly attacks on the capital, Kabul.

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