On June 27, two explosive-laden drones struck at the Indian Air Force station at Jammu airport. The Twitter account of the Indian Air Force (IAF) tweeted stating that there had been two consecutive attacks in the gap of five minutes.
It has been established that Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) explosives have been used for the first time to attack the Indian Air Force base in Jammu.
The Jammu Police have arrested a LeT operative with an improvised explosive device (IED) weighing 6 kg, and the operative is currently under interrogation.
The first blast took place at 1:27 am and the second struck at 1:32 am in the early hours of 27 June. The IAF confirmed that the first attack caused minor damage to a building roof, while the other exploded in an open area.
However, the attack injured two Air Force personnel-Warrant Officer Arvind Singh and Leading Aircraftman S K Singh. The officers were provided medical assistance. Subsequently, the security around the area was tightened.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to review the situation and the explosion attack is being probed. The blast, which occurred 14km from the de facto border of Pakistan, has raised security concerns as this is an initial usage of drones against India.
The Jammu Airbase also serves as a civilian airport. Pravat Ranjan Beuria, the airport’s director, told Press Trust of India (PTI) that no commotion has been caused to the airport schedules.
Jammu and Kashmir Director- General of Police, Dilbagh Singh, termed the explosions as a terrorist act. He also said the police are working alongside the IAF to uncover the act.
Anti-terror group will be sent by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate the explosion. A high-level IAF team including Marshal Arora, Air Force Vice Chief along with VR Chaudhary, the Western Air Commander have reached Jammu.
They will be working alongside the unit of the National Security Guard and National Investigation Agency to probe the attack.
While investigating, it was suspected that the drones were launched from across the border. The security forces have sealed the area to protect it from further attacks.
The director of police, Dilbagh Singh, told PTI, that another strike was avoided when a person claiming to be in alliance with the Lashkar-e-Taiba was arrested with 6kg explosives. The suspect is put under detention, following which he will be questioned on the attack.
Dilbagh Singh, the DGP of Jammu and Kashmir, said the IED, weighing around 6 kgs, was recovered by the Jammu Police.
The IED found with the Lashkar-e-Taiba operative was planned to be planted in a crowded area. Following the attack, the IAF Jammu Base alerted the Pathankot border district to enforce stringent security in the surrounding areas.
The Pathankot Air Force base came under attack in 2016. Pathankot SSP Surendra Lamba stated the patrolling has been increased in sensitive areas and Pathankot.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police have filed a complaint at the Satwari police station under Section 16, 18, and 23 (Explosive Substance Act) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Section 120 B and 307 under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).