China tests its own ‘Mother of All Bombs’

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…As FG, Labour meet in Abuja over minimum wage***

China has tested its most powerful non-nuclear weapon, dubbed the “Mother of All Bombs” by official media in a reference to a US munition used in Afghanistan.

In a short video published on the website of state arms manufacturer Norinco, the massive bomb drops on to a plain and produces a gigantic ball of fire and black smoke.

On social networks Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency described the bomb for the first time, calling it the “Chinese version of the ‘Mother of all Bombs’”.

The bomb — whose strength is only second to that of a nuclear weapon, according to the agency — was dropped by a Chinese H-6K bomber.

No details on the date, location or range of the bomb blast were provided.

In 2017 the US dropped the most powerful conventional bomb in its arsenal, dubbed the “MOAB” — the “Mother of All Bombs” — in an attempt to destroy a tunnel network being used by the Islamic State (IS) group in the east of Afghanistan.

US president Donald Trump said at the time he was “proud” of his troops and congratulated them on their success.

The Chinese bomb is five to six metres long (16 to 20 feet), but weighs less than the American version, according to military analyst Wei Dongxu, who was quoted by the semi-official Global Times daily on Friday.

“The massive explosion that was generated would easily wipe out land fortifications,” said Wei.

In the meantime, the Federal Government and leadership of the organised labour are currently meeting at the Ministry of Labour and Employment in Abuja over the minimum wage issue with the aim of finding a solution to the controversy surrounding the new minimum wage of N30,000.

The meeting was called to give update on the Federal Government’s effort on the transmission of an executive bill on the new minimum wage to the National Assembly as demanded by the NLC, and ways to avert the impending nationwide protest by the union.

Among those at the meeting are the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed and Minister of National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma.

The team representing the organised labour comprises of the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, General Secretary of the NLC, Peter Ozo-Eson, and president of the Trade Union Congress, Kaigama Bobboi.

AFP with additional report from Punch