Last Updated: June 28, 2021, 1015hrs
Two low-intensity improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were dropped from a drone at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Jammu, and they exploded “close to the helicopter hangar”, this being the first of its kind terror attack in India.
Two back-to-back explosions, which occurred at 1.37 am and 1.42 am, injured two Air Force personnel (Minor).
The roof of a building was damaged, but the explosive devices missed the aircraft hangar nearby. No valuable equipment was damaged in the attack.
The police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention Act) in the case, according to J&K DGP Dilbag Singh.
Sources have also revealed that one of the drones was carrying 5kg TNT bomb while the other had a lesser payload. Experts from the bomb unit of National Security Guard (NSG) and other agencies are further investigating the nature of the bomb.
Intelligence sources have revealed that the Air Traffic Control (ATC) building and the parked Mi17 choppers were the targets of the bomb blasts but both got fortunately missed. One of the blasts, however, took place 100 metres away from the ATC.
The Air Force Station is about 14-15 km from the nearest point on the International Border (IB) with Pakistan. The farthest that a drone from Pakistan has so far come on the Indian side of the IB and Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu region is 12 km.
Sources in the defence and security establishment said the spot of the explosion was much further from the outer perimeter wall of the airport and hence a grenade attack had been ruled out.
According to initial inputs, an IAF patrolling team witnessed the explosive being dropping and rushed to the area. A second was dropped minutes later, which led to very minor injuries to two personnel.
Multiple teams from bomb disposal squad, forensics, IAF, police and security agencies were rushed to the spot.
Officials on the day said the possibility of the drone being controlled from Indian territory could not be ruled out.
The use of a drone to mount a terrorist attack marks the beginning of a new security threat for the country.