Another IED (improvised explosive device) of five-six kg has been recovered by the Jammu and Kashmir Police within hours of the twin explosions that rocked the technical area of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Jammu’s airport in the early hours of Sunday.
According to the police, the recovered IED, which purportedly belonged to a LET (Lashkar-e-Taiba) outfit, was supposed to be planted at a crowded location.
Thus, with the findings of the IED, the police in Jammu have averted a major terror attack within hours after the double explosion at the airport.
The security officials have already launched an investigation and suspects are likely to be picked up soon, informed Dilbag Singh, DGP of Jammu and Kashmir Police.
Earlier in the day, low-flying drones were used to drop two IEDs on the IAF base, making it probably the first drone attack on any defence establishment in the country.
The explosions took place within a span of five minutes in the early hours of Sunday. The first blast ripped off the roof of a building at 1:37 am while the second one was on the ground at 1:42 am.
Confirming the incidents of blast, the Indian Air Force tweeted: “Two low intensity explosions were reported early Sunday morning in the technical area of Jammu Air Force Station. One caused minor damage to the roof of a building while the other exploded in an open area. There was no damage to any equipment. The investigation is in progress along with civil agencies.”
There was no damage to any equipment. Investigation is in progress along with civil agencies.
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) June 27, 2021
Top sources in the security establishment told India Today, “A drone seems to have been used to drop IEDs. This was not on the periphery but near the helipad area.” The possible target of the attacks was the aircraft parked in the dispersal area, they said.
In the past as well, drones were used to drop weapons but couldn’t be detected by the radar.
Sources told India Today that the NSG’s Bomb Data Team and an NIA team are on their way to the Air Force Station to investigate the matter.
The India-Pakistan border is 14 km from the Air Force Station and on previous occasions, weapons have been dropped as far as 12 km inside Indian territory using drones.
(With inputs from Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu)