Death toll from very large American bomb increases to 94
Afghan ministry of defence says four Islamic State group leaders killed in attack
The number of militants killed after the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the US military was dropped in Afghanistan has risen to 94.
Ataullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar, said the number of Islamic State (IS) dead rose from the 36 reported a day earlier.
An Afghan ministry of defence official had said the number of dead could rise as officials assessed the bomb site in Achin district.
The US attack on a tunnel complex in remote eastern Nangarhar province near the Pakistan border killed at least four IS group leaders, Mr Khogyani said, and a clearance operation is continuing.
There had been heavy fighting in the area in recent weeks between Afghan forces and IS militants.
The bomb, known officially as a GBU-43B, or massive ordnance air blast weapon (MOAB), unleashes 11 tonnes of explosives. Pentagon officials had described it as the “mother of all bombs”.