Terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir are no new incidents. However, it could be the first case of an unmanned terrorist attack in the area, when two explosives-laden drones crashed at the IAF station in Jammu.
The event took place around 1:40 am, leading to the injury of two persons. The explosion was of low density. The people who suffered injury are members of the Indian Air Force. The second blast hit the ground directly. But, the first one caused more significant damage. It destroyed the roof of a building. Moreover, this building is in a high-security area in the Satwari region of Jammu.
Dilbag Singh, who is the chief police of Jammu and Kashmir, after the incident said, “The attack at the IAF station in Jammu is a terror attack.”
Additionally, the Indian Air Force officials are working with police and different agencies to find the organisation behind the explosion.
The IAF tweeted about the same. The tweet read, “There was no damage to any equipment. The investigation is in progress along with civil agencies.”
NIA Looking Into The Case- Terrorist Organisation May Be Behind The Attack
The reports, as informed by an official involved in the investigation, points to Jaish-e-Mohammed behind the blast. Additionally, Jaish-e-Mohammed is a Pakistan-based terrorist organisation. The investigating officials also hinted towards the army’s involvement of the neighbour country, Pakistan, in this incident. Besides, they also did not ignore the involvement of IS in the attack.
The incident also saw the registration of an FIR in the police station. This FIR with the police is under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
Additionally, RDX could have come into use in the twin blasts on the two IAF personnel as per the sources.
The involvement of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) describes the seriousness of the matter.
While the investigation, in this case, was going on, the police arrested another man with an IED. This person may have links with another terrorist organisation, Lashker-e-Taiba, as per the sources. The IED weighed almost 6 kg, and the man was on his way to a very crowded place.
Dilbag Singh informed, “The suspect has been detained and is being interrogated. More suspects are likely to be picked up in this foiled IED blast attempt.”
Officials are now making sure to have high security at the international borders after the attacks. The role of the Border Security Force (BSF) has also become essential at the country’s international boundaries.
The Defence Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh, also talked to the Vice Air Chief about the explosion. Stations of Pathankot, Avantipura are placed on high alerts after this explosion at the airbase.
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