Washington, – The United States has dropped its largest conventional, non-nuclear bomb on an ISIS cave complex in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

The 10,000 kilogram bomb, packing 5,000 kilos of explosives, was dropped on the ISIS stronghold in the northeastern Nangarhar Province near the Pakistani border.

It was the first time the U.S. has ever deployed the bomb, known as the GBU-43, Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, also known as the “Mother of all Bombs.” It explodes above the earth, as a nuclear bomb does, and create enormous pressure destroying tunnels beneath the ground.

“At 7:32 pm local time today, U.S. Forces–Afghanistan conducted a strike on an ISIS-K tunnel complex in Achin district…as part of ongoing efforts to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan,” the U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Thursday.

The bomb was dropped from an aircraft, the statement said, intended to minimize U.S. and Afghan forces casualties.

“This is the right munition to use to … maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K,” said Genaral John W. Nicholon, US commander in Afghanistan.

Central Command said it took precautions to prevent civilian casualties, but because the bomb is so powerful and was never used before, it has not yet been determined how effective it was or safe for civilians in surrounding areas.

The bomb was brought to Afghanistan especially for this mission, which was in the works for months, the Pentagon said. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency