Jammu and Kashmir: 4 drones spotted in bordering district of Samba

Jammu/UNI: Alert was sounded late Sunday night after four drones were spotted at separate locations in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Four drones were spotted between 2200 hours to 2240 hours at different locations of Samba district,” police sources said.

They said that the flying objects with blinking lights were spotted hovering over military establishments twice at Bari Brahmana, once at Smailpur-Bishnah Road and Birpur.

“The Army troops did not open fire but sounded alert,” they said adding that the Quick Response Teams (QRTs) of the Indian Army launched search operations.

The UAVs disappeared later, they said.

A similar activity was noticed at the same spot on Saturday as well.

A senior police official said that late evening at around 2018 hours, suspected drone activity was spotted in the Chichwal and Ghagwal areas of the District.

“No rounds were fired at the flying objects and in a few seconds they disappeared,” he asserted.

Yesterday evening, traffic was briefly suspended in the Bari Brahmana area due to a similar activity. Police said that the Army authorities informed them about the flying equipment’s presence near the Industrial area at Bari Brahmana.

“Police and Army teams reached the spot but nothing was found. We carried searches and also monitored the situation,” police added.

On Thursday night, some villagers spotted a blinking light suspected to be a drone near Bhalwal in Pargwal village close to the Indo-Pak International Border of Akhnoor. Later that night, similar sightings were reported from three different locations from the bordering district of Samba.

Police teams immediately swung into action and launched a search operation on the information of the villagers but nothing was found.

Last week, Jammu Police shot down one hexacopter fitted with 5 kg of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near the Kanhachak-Akhnoor area.

Drone activities have increased manifold in the bordering areas within a month, especially after attacks on Air Force Station, Jammu.


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