GBU-43 MOAB blast in Afghanistan heard in Pakistan too

GBU-43 MOAB blast in Afghanistan heard in Pakistan too

ISLAMABAD: MOAB GBU-43 bomb has been dropped in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan bordering Pakistan.

The world's largest bomb has been dropped in Achin District which is bordering Pakistan and bomb is reportedly been dropped at only a few kilometers distance from Pakistan area.

Private TV Channel has reported that the blast has been heard in Pakistan also.

However till now no casualty has been reported on either side.

Earlier it was reported by international media that United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, also known as the “mother of all bombs,” in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants, the military said.

It was the first time this type of bomb had been used in combat and was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said.

The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb hit a “tunnel complex” in Achin district in Nangarhar province, US Forces Afghanistan said in a statement.

The strike occurred at about 7:32 pm local time (1502 GMT).

GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB pronounced /ˈmoʊ.æb/, commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs) is a large-yield conventional (non-nuclear) bomb, developed for the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts, Jr. of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

At the time of development, it was touted as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed.

MOAB was first tested with the explosive tritonal on 11 March 2003, on Range 70 located at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.