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Drones flew back after releasing explosives on Jammu Air Force Station: Report

Last Updated on June 29, 2021 at 11:25 am

Two blasts took place in the Indian Air Force Station in Jammu on Saturday night and is believed to be the first use of drones in a terror attack in the country. Now it has come to the fore that the drones had flown back after releasing the payload on Air Force station.

Officials said that two Indian Air Force personnel were injured in the explosions that took place around 1.40 am within six minutes of each other. The first blast caused damage to the roof of a building in the technical section while the second bomb exploded in an open area.

A security establishment officer said that no remains of drones were found at the site. 

An FIR has been registered under the anti-terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act that allows the arrest of suspects and their detention for up to six months without evidence. The National Investigation Agency has taken over the investigation.

Another security establishment officer told Indian Express that the  improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were fitted with an impact charge where the detonation either happens immediately on impact or a few moments later. “Initial investigation reveals that the payload was dropped at least from a height of 100 metres”, said security establishment officer. Further he added that payload carried on each drone was more than 2kg and explosive which was used may be was RDX but will only be finalized after proper forensic examination.

A Jammu and Kashmir police officer said that it is suspected that they came from Pakistan, as such drones have earlier dropped weapons in Jammu. “The distance of the base from the border (14 km) is well within the range of drones earlier flown from Pakistan still all angles are being investigated”, said officer.