Pakistan drone spotted over Jammu border, forced to retreat

JAMMU: Two weeks after a twin blast was triggered by drones at Jammu Air Force station, a suspected drone was sighted near the international border in Jammu late Tuesday, prompting BSF personnel to fire at it, forcing the unmanned aerial vehicle to return to the Pakistani side.

This is the sixth instance of a drone hovering over the Jammu area after two explosions rocked the IAF station, located some 14km from the international border, on June 27. Two IAF personnel had suffered minor injuries in the attack, following which 10 J&K districts banned the sale and use of drones for commercial and personal purposes.

A BSF spokesperson on Wednesday said that a blinking red light was observed at a height of about 200m on the Indian side of the border in J&K’s Arnia sector on Tuesday night. “Alert troops fired five to six rounds from their positions towards the blinking light, due to which it retreated. The area is being searched but nothing has been found so far,” the spokesperson added.

Earlier, on the intervening night of June 27-28, alert troops successfully thwarted two drone intrusions near the Ratnuchak-Kaluchak military station along the Jammu-Pathankot national highway. On June 30, vigilant Armymen again spotted UAVs hovering over the military station and Air Force signal area for the third consecutive day.

The airdropping of weapons and contraband from Pakistan into J&K and Punjab is not new, with several such cases reported over the past two years. But the drone activity over high-security zones like defence establishments in Jammu has emerged as a new security threat.


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