The Department of Defense has released video showing the moment the ''mother of all bombs'' strikes the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar bordering Pakistan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Department of Defense on Friday (April 14) released video showing the moment the "mother of all bombs" struck the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar bordering Pakistan where U.S. officials said a network of tunnels and caves was being used by militants linked to Islamic State. The 21,600-pound (9,797-kg) GBU-43 bomb killed as many as 36 suspected Islamic State militants, the Afghan defense ministry said. The bomb was dropped from an MC-130 aircraft. Thursday's strike came as U.S. President Donald Trump dispatches his first high-level delegation to Kabul, amid uncertainty about his plans for the nearly 9,000 American troops stationed in Afghanistan. The deaths have not been independently verified, but ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said no civilians were harmed in the massive blast that targeted a network of caves and tunnels.