In the first of its kind of instance, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle has been used to deploy explosives and attack the Indian defence forces. The drones were used to drop IEDs on the Indian Air Force’s Base in Jammu located 14.5 Kilometers away from the border. One of the bombs fell in an open area and another one on an administrative building close to the helicopter hangar and made a hole in the roof. While no loss to any equipment has been registered, One officer has sustained very minor injuries as per the initial reports.
The two IEDs weighing around 5-6 kilograms with RDX as the main explosive charge were dropped at a distance of 50 yards from each other. One charge was some 40 yards from the ATC, while the other was around the same distance from the parked helicopter. The drop was made through a latitude-longitude device and that they missed the targets could be due to faulty execution or high wind factor,” said a senior security official.
Both NIA and J&K police are now investigating the explosions and the early investigation hints at Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba’s hands behind the attack. It still remains unknown whether the drone flew from across the border or from India, but their targets were clear- ATC and the MI-17 helicopter on the hangar
J&K police have made 3 arrests in this case from the Satwari area and have been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
For the past couple of years, Pakistan has been sending drugs and AK-47 assault rifles and ammunition into India, especially across the Punjab and Jammu border by UAVs. Several drones have been sighted and neutralised in the past and weapons recovered.