Two defence personnel saw the drones that dropped explosives on the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Jammu. The personnel include an airman and a defence security corps sentry.
The DSC sentry was on guard duty at one of the watch towers on the perimeter of the air base at the time of the attack. This new revelation has enabled the agencies to determine the direction from which the drones penetrated the air base.
Apart from the DSC sentry, an airman working in the ATC (air traffic control) tower heard the drones entering the premises of the air base on the day of the attack. The noise resembled that of drones used in weddings for capturing images and recording videos, said the airman.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will now record the statements of both the DSC sentry and the airman in connection with the drone attack. While the NIA has taken the lead in the probe, multiple agencies have been roped in to investigate how the attack was carried out.
Initial findings suggest that the drones used for the attack were small quad copters. Officials believe that the quad copters took off from close proximity to the air base. A drone bigger in size would have caught the eye of radars installed on the premises of the air base, said sources.
“There was no damage to any of the aircraft in the blasts. Two personnel suffered minor injuries,” sources added.
Meanwhile, air force installations across the country have been put on high alert to prevent such attacks by terror outfits in the future.