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Obliterated ISIS buildings and scorched trees are all that’s left where US dropped biggest ever non-nuclear bomb

OBLITERATED ISIS buildings and scorched trees are all that is left of where the US dropped the biggest ever non-nuclear bomb.

Images have shown the devastating effect of the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb which was used to wipe out ISIS militants in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Pictures have revealed the devastating effect of the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb which was used to wipe out ISIS militants in Afghanistan earlier this month
Scorched trees and debris have swamped the mountainside
A member of Afghan Special Forces unit walks down from a roof of a house which was used by suspected Islamic State militants
Afghan Special Forces patrol at the site of a MOAB, or ''mother of all bombs'', which struck the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar, Afghanistan

Pictures show the mountainside swamped in debris, burned trees and ruined mud-brick structures.

The massive blast, which destroyed a series of tunnels used by ISIS fighters in the Nangarhar province, still horrified villagers 20 miles away across the border in Pakistan.

Witnesses from the frontier town of Goor Gari said the explosion was so loud they thought a bomb had been dropped on their village by US warplanes targeting militants in Pakistan.

Shah Wali, 46, who lives nine miles away from the border with Nangarhar, said the colossal explosion woke him up.

He said: “I was sleeping when we heard a loud explosion. It was an earsplitting blast.

I jumped from my bed and came out of my home to see what has gone wrong in our village.”

Dozens of other villagers also came out of their homes, Wali said.

He later went near the border, where he met with other residents. He said he could see smoke in the sky.

“The whole house was shaking,” said Mufti Khan of Achin district in Nangarhar. “When I came out of my house, I saw a large fire and the whole area was burning.”

The MOAB weighs in at more than 10,000 kilograms and contains a huge 8,164 kilograms of explosives.

Its blast is equivalent to 11 tons of TNT. By contrast, the nuclear weapon dropped on Hiroshima had a blast yield of 15 tons of TNT.

The bomb was designed by the US Air Force in the run up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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