Jammu Airport Blasts LIVE Updates: IAF Sets Up Inquiry, Small Drone Used for Blast, Sources Say


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16:53:58 IST

Drone Used for Attack Came from Across Border, Say NIA Sources |

The initial investigation into the Jammu airport blasts have suggested that the drones came from across the border, top sources from the NIA told CNN-News18.

16:49:06 IST

Terror Attack at Jammu Air Force Station: What We Know So Far About The Twin Explosions


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16:44:12 IST

IED Recovered by Jammu Police; Major Terror Attack Foiled |

 IED of 5-6kg has been recovered by Jammu police. This IED was received by an LET outfit operative and was to be planted at some crowded place. A major terror attack has been averted with this recovery. The suspect lifted is being interrogated. More suspects likely to be picked up in this foiled IED blast attempt.

16:35:02 IST

Jammu Airport Blast: Pak Terror Group Lashkar or Jaish Could be Behind Attack, Intel Sources


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16:12:47 IST

IAF Sets Up Inquiry, Small Drone Was Used for Blast, Sources Say on Initial Assessment |

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has set up an inquiry into the Jammu airport blast case. According to sources, the initial assessment has revealed that a small drone was used in the attack.

15:51:57 IST

Flight Operations Normal Post Jammu Airport Blast |

The Airports Authority of Jammu said in a tweet that all flight operations were being conducted as usual. “Total 16 flights scheduled for the day departing to Delhi, Srinagar, Leh and Gwalior. Only two flights G8 185 and SG 963 cancelled for the day due to operational reasons,” it said on Twitter.

15:44:40 IST

BSF Reviews Security Situation Along IB |

After the drone attack at Jammu airforce station, senior officers of the BSF reviewed the security situation along the International Border. The entire IB in Jammu region has been put on high alert. 

15:36:07 IST

Jammu Airport Blast: SP NIA Reaches Spot |

SP NIA Rakesh Balwal has also reached the spot of the incident. Two explosives-laden drones crashed into the IAF station at Jammu airport in the early hours of Sunday, perhaps the first time that suspected Pakistan-based terrorists have used unmanned aerial vehicles in an attack, officials said. 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 ripped off the roof of a single-storey building at the high security technical area of the airport manned by the IAF in Satwari area of the city. The second one was on the ground, the officials said.

15:30:22 IST

Jammu Airport Blast: Repeat of Pathankot Attack? Use of Drones Points to Pakistan Role


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Patrolling has been strengthened near sensitive areas in and around Pathankot and additional forces have been deployed, police said. We are on our guard in view of the situation. Whenever there is an incident of this kind, maximum alert is sounded in neighbouring areas,” Pathankot’s Senior Superintendent of Police, Surendra Lamba, told PTI.

14:44:12 IST

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar convened an urgent meeting with officers of BCAS, NSG, Airforce, CRPF, BSF , CISF , Director Airport, DIG Central Kashmir Range and SSP Budgam. He reviewed the security situation of the airport, its funnel area and possibly of drone attack and counter measures.

14:22:25 IST

An FIR has been lodged under the section 16 (terror act), 18 (conspiracy to commit terror act), 23 UAPA (enhanced penalty for using explosives to commit terror act), 307 (Attempt to murder), 120B IPC (criminal conspiracy) and 3 (use of explosives under the explosive substances act).

14:12:29 IST

Blast at Jammu Airport Update |

Speaking to CNN-News18, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbagh Singh confirmed that the payload was dropped using drones.

14:00:51 IST

Meanwhile, Additional Director General Police (ADG) Jammu, Mukesh Singh told reporters that the police have arrested a militant near a mall in the jurisdiction of the Trikuta Nagar police station from whose possession an IED weighing five kilograms has been recovered.

13:49:23 IST

The IAF Chief, who is currently in Bangladesh for an official visit, has been briefed and monitoring the situation. No plan to cut short the visit as of now.

13:48:41 IST

NSG bomb data center team carrying out tests to ascertain the kind of explosives used. TNT is the preliminary assessment but further tests being done. No object has been found yet on the ground, which has Pakistani markings.

13:19:38 IST

FIR registered under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after two low-intensity explosions were reported earlier today at Jammu Air Force Station. Investigation underway: Jammu and Kashmir Police 

12:58:25 IST

DIG CRPF Arrives at Air Force Station, Jammu After Low-intensity Explosions

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Attack Took Place Hours Before Defence Min, Army Chief Began Visit to Ladakh |

The attack on the Jammu airport took place hours before the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army Chief General MM Naravane began a three-day visit to Ladakh to review India’s operational readiness and to interact with the troops in the backdrop of a drawn-out standoff with China.

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READ | Repeat of Pathankot Attack? Use of Drones in Jammu Airport Blasts Points to Pakistan Role


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12:39:53 IST

“Another angle which is being probed is the use of ballons to send the explosives. The operation could have been carried from nearby. Hence searches going on the nearby localities,” sources said.

12:23:12 IST

A Trivia on the Drones |

  Drones usually used are very small and fly low so can go undetected by the radar. The SOP is to shoot them down when spotted but at night spotting is a challenge. A drone could have been remote controlled and pay load dropped at the exact chosen spot. 

12:15:57 IST

The use of drones to carry out two blasts at the Jammu airport early on Sunday morning seems to be an attempt by Pakistan to repeat the 2016 terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force base in Punjab’s Pathankot, initial probe suggests. Top intelligence sources told News18 that the Jammu airport blasts, in which two people were injured, is an attempt from across the border. Read the full story here.

12:12:43 IST

Why CNN-News18 Sources Believe It Was a Drone Attack | “

The Patrol Party at the Jammu Technical area saw a light blink in the air. When they rushed an explosion happened. Two people sustained minor injuries. Combing Operations did not result in the apprehension of anyone,” said sources, adding that the current radars are equipped to detect incoming threats but drones too small to be detected.

11:55:25 IST

“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 Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria has been apprised about the explosions. The IAF chief is on a three-day visit to Bangladesh from Saturday.

11:47:27 IST

In a Twitter post, the Indian Air Force (IAF) said two “low-intensity explosions” were reported early Sunday morning in the technical area of Jammu air force station and one of them caused minor damage to the roof of a building while the other exploded in an open area. “There was no damage to any equipment. Investigation is in progress along with civil agencies,” it said.

11:47:13 IST

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

11:45:09 IST

Rajnath Singh Speaks to Vice Air Chief Over Twin Explosions at Jammu IAF Base |

The Indian Air Force is probing whether the two low-intensity explosions at its base in Jammu on Sunday were part of a terror attack, people familiar with the defence and security establishment said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s office said he spoke to Vice Air Chief, Air Marshal HS Arora over the explosions.

11:44:38 IST

High-level Meeting Underway |

The area was sealed by security forces within minutes. A high level meeting was underway at the Air Force station with senior police and Indian Air Force officials in attendance, sources said. Jammu airport is a civil airport with the runway and the ATC under the IAF. .

11:43:54 IST

The Sequence of Blasts |

The first blast, which took place around 1.45 am, ripped off the roof of a building at the technical area of the airport manned by the Air Force. The second one was on the ground There were no immediate reports of casualties. There were reports of an explosion inside Air Force Station Jammu. There is no injury to any personnel or any damage to any equipment. Investigation is on and further details are awaited, a defence spokesperson said.

Jammu Airport Blasts LIVE Updates: The initial investigation into the Jammu airport blasts have suggested that the drones came from across the border, top sources from the NIA told CNN-News18.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has set up an inquiry into the Jammu airport blast case. According to sources, the initial assessment has revealed that a small drone was used in the attack.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh today termed the twin explosions at the high-security Indian Air Force station in the Jammu airport a terror attack. The police, IAF and other agencies were investigating the attack, he said. Two IAF personnel were injured when two explosives-laden drones crashed into the station around 1.40 am. The blasts took place within six minutes of each other. The first blast ripped off the roof of a single-storey building at the technical area of the airport manned by the IAF in Satwari area of the city. The second one was on the ground, officials said. The explosions were likely triggered by a remote-controlled drone, sources have told News18, adding that an FIR for sabotage has been registered. Sources believe the blasts could be a drone attack since the patrol party at the Jammu technical area saw a light blink in the air. When they rushed to the spot, an explosion occurred in which two people sustained minor injuries. The combing ops did not result in the apprehension of anyone. Sources say that the current radars are equipped to detect incoming threats but drones are too small to be detected.

Meanwhile, the Airports Authority of Jammu said in a tweet that all flight operations were being conducted as usual. “Total 16 flights scheduled for the day departing to Delhi, Srinagar, Leh and Gwalior. Only two flights G8 185 and SG 963 cancelled for the day due to operational reasons,” it said on Twitter.

Sources added that drones usually used are very small and fly low so can go undetected by the radar. The SOP is to shoot them down when spotted but at night spotting is a challenge. The drone could have been remote controlled and pay load dropped at the exact chosen spot. It is also being probed if the hangar was the specific target and if insider information was available on the exact location of the hangar.

The use of drones to carry out two blasts at the Jammu airport early on Sunday morning seems to be an attempt by Pakistan to repeat the 2016 terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force base in Punjab’s Pathankot, initial probe suggests. Top intelligence sources told News18 that the Jammu airport blasts, in which two people were injured, is an attempt from across the border.

In 2016, four to six terrorists suspected to be affiliated with the Jaish-E-Mohammed terror outfit had launched a suicide attack on the Pathankot airbase. The subsequent operation had lasted for over 36 hours, in which five attackers were killed, and three security force personnel also lost their lives.

The explosions took place around 1.40 am. The first blast ripped off the roof of a building and the second one was on the ground. The blasts were so intense that the sound could be heard in a radius of two kilometers.

There were also reports of two people, including one hardcore LeT terrorist, being arrested on Sunday and a 4.7 kg IED being recovered from them. However, sources said so far, there was no connection between the two incidents.

Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar early this month detected and later defused a suspected improvised explosive device. A suspicious IED planted in a steel container weighing approximately 10 kg was detected near the government quarters in Chanpora, an official had said.

He said a bomb disposal squad later defused the explosive device without causing any loss of life or damage.

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