The first-ever drone attacks took place on IAF station at the Air Force base in Jammu Airport in the early hours of Sunday. The reports suggest that two Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel suffered minor injuries in the explosions. The incident happened despite the high-security airport, which is located 14 km from the Pakistan border.
Reports say the explosions, at 1.37 am and 1.43 am, were heard a km away. While one bomb causes inside a building, causing damage to the roof, the other one exploded in an open area. “The attack at the IAF station in Jammu is a terror attack,” said Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbag Singh. Currently, the IAF and the National Bomb Data Centre teams, forensic experts and the Jammu and Kashmir police are investigating the attack. Mr Singh said that the drones with payload were used in both the blasts at Jammu airfield. In addition, one crude bomb was found by the Jammu police.
“This IED was received by a Lashkar e Taiba operative and was to be planted at some crowded place,” Mr Singh told. The tragic incident happened just a few hours before Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army Chief General MM Naravane began a three-day visit to Ladakh. Mr Singh further informed that the IED with 4 kg explosives was found in the Narwal area of Jammu from Nadeem Ul Haq, a 22-year-old resident of Banihal, who has been arrested. But the arrest is not linked to the airport attack.