Drones used for attack on Jammu Air Force base, IAF probes terror angle

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27

The Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Jammu was attacked using two low-intensity improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which were allegedly dropped from two drones. 

Two IAF personnel were injured in the explosions that took place around 1.40 am within six minutes of each other.

The area was sealed by security forces within minutes.

“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,” the IAF tweeted this morning.

There was no damage to any equipment, and an investigation is in progress along with civil agencies, the Indian Air Force said.

Investigators are trying to ascertain the flight path of the two drones. They did not rule out the possibility of a terror attack.

A grenade attack has been ruled out for now as the blasts occurred close to the helicopter hangar, which is far from the perimeter fence. 

The aerial distance between Jammu airport and the international border is 14 km.

The Indian Air Force station at Jammu is an important base for helicopters operating along the Western Front and in the Himalayas.

The Jammu airport is a civil airport with the runway and the ATC is under the IAF.

Rajnath Singh speaks to Vice Air Chief

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s office said he spoke to Vice Air Chief, Air Marshal HS Arora over the explosions.

The Indian Air Force is probing whether the two low-intensity explosions were part of a terror attack, people familiar with the defence and security establishment said.

Investigators are also examining the possible use of drones to drop the explosives at the airport that has various assets of the IAF, they said.

The people cited above said all angles, including the possible involvement of terror networks in the explosions, are being probed.

“Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh spoke to Vice Air Chief, Air Marshal HS Arora regarding today’s incident at Air Force Station in Jammu. Air Marshal Vikram Singh is reaching Jammu to take stock of the situation,” it tweeted.

The people cited above said the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, has been apprised of the explosions.

The IAF Chief is on a three-day visit to Bangladesh from Saturday. —with PTI

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