India’s Jammu Airport subject of hostile drone attack in suspected terrorist action

According to a report by India’s NDTV, two blasts took place at the Air Force base at Jammu Airport on 27 June 2021. The attack is believed to be the first use of drones in a terror attack on an Indian military facility.

The report says one of the blasts caused damage to the roof of a building in the technical section while another bomb exploded in an open area. Two Indian Air Force personnel suffered minor injuries in the explosions.

“The attack at the IAF station in Jammu is a terror attack,” said Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbag Singh.

An FIR has been registered under the anti-terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act that allows the arrest of suspects and their detention for up to six months without evidence. The National Investigation Agency has taken over the probe.

Teams from the IAF, the National Bomb Data Centre, forensic experts and the Jammu and Kashmir police are also investigating the attack.

“Drones with payload were used in both the blasts at Jammu airfield. Another crude bomb was found by the Jammu police. This IED was received by a Lashkar e Taiba operative and was to be planted at some crowded place,” Mr Singh told NDTV.

The Jammu airport is a dual use facility under IAF control, also used to operate passenger flights. Jammu Airport director Pravat Ranjan Beuria told PTI there was no disruption in flights.

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