JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AFP) – Fighting was nonetheless ongoing Wednesday near the site in japanese Afghanistan the place the US dropped an enormous bomb on an Islamic State group stronghold six days in the past, a NATO spokesman stated.
Security forces have denied entry to residents and media to the realm the place the US army dropped its GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, dubbed the “Mother of All Bombs” and used in fight for the primary time on April 13.
The goal was caves and hideouts being utilized by the jihadist group in the Achin district of Nangargar province.
The blast triggered shockwaves which residents stated they felt miles away. The Afghan defence ministry has stated it killed not less than 95 militants, together with some IS commanders and international fighters, however no civilians.
The assertion couldn’t be independently verified.
“We are still engaged in active combat with the enemy” in the realm, Captain Bill Salvin, a spokesman for NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan advised AFP late Wednesday.
Fighting was ongoing, he stated, and there are a “lot of IEDs (improvised explosive devices)”.
A spokesman for Afghan particular forces stated the presence of landmines and “pockets of resistance” on prime of mountains had slowed down operations in the realm. He didn’t specify if the fighters have been Islamic State.
AFP correspondents stated they noticed no signal of preventing in the instant space Wednesday, however have been turned away by safety forces earlier than reaching the site.
Salvin refused to substantiate or deny the toll given by Afghan authorities, however stated NATO had a “very high confidence” there had been no civilian casualties, including safety forces had warned households 48 hours earlier than the strike.
An evaluation of the realm could possibly be “going on for a while”, he added.
Ahmad Jan, a resident of Achin who fled IS preventing and moved together with his household to the provincial capital Jalalabad earlier than the bomb was dropped, advised AFP he had no concept whether or not his home or relations survived the assault.
“No one can go there, they have completely blocked the area. I don’t know if my house is destroyed. They have not even shown any dead bodies to anyone,” he stated.
Some Afghans have condemned the use of their nation as what they known as a testing floor for the weapon, and towards a militant group that isn’t thought-about as huge a menace because the resurgent Taliban.
Analyst and retired basic Atiqullah Amarkhail advised AFP the US army wanted time to analyse the affect and clear the particles.
“It was not an ordinary bomb. It carried a special kind of explosives, it was tested in a mountainous area for the first time, I believe a team of US experts are now working on the ground to assess the effects and impacts,” he stated.
IS, infamous for its reign of terror in Syria and Iraq, has made inroads into Afghanistan in current years, attracting disaffected members of the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban in addition to Uzbek Islamists.
But the group has steadily misplaced floor in the face of heavy strain each from US air strikes and a floor offensive led by Afghan forces.