Jammu military installations still on high alert post drone attack

Terror threat looms over military installations near Jammu, where the Indian Air Force base had come under a drone attack last month, with specific intelligence warnings of a “successful” infiltration and possibility of attacks in the Satwari area of the Union Territory.

Sources said sensors at the Jammu airbase also picked up a drone threat early on Wednesday morning, triggering a high-alert situation. While the drone is believed to have been picked up by radars at the base, it may have not been physically spotted, as it didn’t enter the airfield premises.

Security at all military installations in the sector has been beefed up, given a specific warning that three terrorists from the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) may have entered after crossing the international border last week, with plans of carrying out an attack. Reports suggest that the terrorists may have used the RS Pura sector, located south of Jammu, for a border breach.

“Given some alarming inputs on infiltration and likelihood of an attack, it has been decided to minimise movement of vehicles and personnel outside military stations in Satwari for the time being,” sources aware of the situation told ET. In addition, tight perimeter vigilance is being maintained and quick reaction teams are on high alert. Sources said that even family members have been warned to remain vigilant and avoid unnecessary travel.

On the drone threat, sources said there have been sporadic sightings since the terror attack at the airbase last month that left a few personnel injured but no major damage to military assets. Drone activity was detected near the civil area of the Jammu airport last week as well. However, this is the first time that the picking up of drone signature (early on Wednesday) has been coupled with intelligence inputs of a terror threat by cross border infiltrators.

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