UPDATE [4/15/17 8:07 a.m. ET]: According to NPR, an Afghanistan official has now increased the ISIS death toll from 36 to 94.
UPDATE [4/14/17 12:38 p.m. ET]: According to Fox News, Afghanistan officials are now reporting 36 ISIS fighters were killed in the strike.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump authorized the U.S. military to drop a 21,000-pound bomb on ISIS in Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan.
There are currently no reports from the Department of Defense regarding casualties or damage. But Independent Journal Review spoke to Ahmad Wali Sarhadi, a freelance journalist based out of Kandahar, Afghanistan.Image Credit: Ahmad Wali Sarhadi
Sarhadi gave us a report from the local officials in Nangarhar:
“Yeah, I am on the line with local officials of Nangarhar. They say a big complex of ISIS has been destroyed by the dropping of the bomb from the U.S.!
ISIS’s biggest complex in Afghanistan is destroyed. They say more than 100 ISIS members are killed. The casualties may get higher.”
Sarhadi also noted that while there are no official reports on civilian casualties yet, an official has said that they’re still possible.
While other information on the attack will surface in the coming hours, this is one of the first reports on known casualties.
According to this initial casualty estimate, this would be one of the most effective military strikes against ISIS yet.
Editor’s Note: The headline of this article has been changed since initial publication to ensure accuracy and clarity. The original headline read: “First Reports Coming Out of Afghanistan: MOAB Killed 100 ISIS Fighters.” IJR will continue to update this story and others as more details are confirmed.