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Report: Afghan villagers thought MOAB bomb was the beginning of the 'end of the world

The Pentagon released Friday footage from the U.S. military’s use of the so-called “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan. The blast killed at least 94 Islamic State fighters. (Image source: NBC/Today)

Villagers who live in the vicinity to where the "mother of all bombs" was dropped in Afghanistan on Thursday believed the "end of the world" was near after the bomb was dropped.

The bomb was dropped in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province where the Islamic State has a stronghold and terrorizes the local population. U.S. military leaders say the bomb was dropped to destroy an extensive labyrinth of tunnels the terrorists use.

But the 21,000 pound bomb, equivalent to 11 tons of TNT, did damage to areas more than one mile away from the blast zone.

"The earth felt like a boat in a storm," one villager, who lives about 1.5 miles away from the blast, told the Guardian.

"I thought my house was being bombed. Last year a drone strike targeted a house next to mine, but this time it felt like the heavens were falling," he explained.

Naweed Shinwari, mayor of Achin, said in the aftermath that his family "thought the end of the world had come."

As of Saturday morning, military officials say the bomb resulted in the deaths of at least 94 Islamic State fighters and no civilian casualties. The bomb also destroyed the terrorist's weapons storage facilities and completely destroyed their underground tunnel system, which they used to evade U.S. military drone strikes. The tunnels, top military commanders said, were slowing the process of eradicating the terrorist from Afghanistan.

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