Washington — The U.S. Department of Defense used a special unpacked Hellfire missile to attack Islamic State militants in Afghanistan on Saturday in retaliation for a suicide bombing at Kabul Airport last week, the two said. Said a US official.
Airstrikes by reaper drones from the Persian Gulf region killed two militants associated with the Afghan sect of the Islamic State militant group and injured a third individual.
The Pentagon has refused to disclose the identities of the targeted individuals. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack on Kabul Airport, which killed 13 US troops and nearly 200 Afghan civilians.
The missile used by the United States in an airstrike called the R9X is inert. Instead of exploding, the weapon emits a halo of six large blades housed inside the missile’s skin. This deploys at the last moment to shred the strike target, allowing military commanders to identify the target and reduce the likelihood of civilian casualties.
The use of a special Hellfire missile, colloquially called the “flying gins,” was not revealed in the military, reminiscent of the popular knives sold on television infomercials in the 1970s. This weapon is also known as the “Ninja Bomb”.