In a major security scare, two bomb explosions rocked Jammu where drones were used to launch this one of its kind attack. The explosions occurred at the technical area of the Jammu airport which is under the control of Indian Air Force (IAF). After the attack at wee hours of the Saturday night, the Jammu region has been on alert.
The heavily disputed J&K region has been under a blanket of security by army, air force and border security personnel since decades. Despite the blanket of security, 2 blasts rocked the Jammu airport’s technical area.
The blasts were of “low intensity” and happened in quick succession on the wee hours of the Saturday night. While the first explosion reportedly occurred at 1.40 AM, the other happened only a few minutes later. According to officials the second explosion was weaker in intensity.
Defence Minister to meet Senior Air Force Officials
Experts from the National Bomb Data Centre & other relevant forensic teams rushed to the explosion site. Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also took to Twitter and debriefed the nation on the steps being taken.
“Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh spoke to Vice Air Chief, Air Marshal HS Arora regarding today’s incident at Air Force Station in Jammu. Air Marshal Vikram Singh is reaching Jammu to take stock of the situation,” the tweet said, coming from Rajnath Singh’s Office. Vikram Singh is an Air Marshal and a senior air force officer in the Western Air Command.
Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh spoke to Vice Air Chief, Air Marshal HS Arora regarding today’s incident at Air Force Station in Jammu. Air Marshal Vikram Singh is reaching Jammu to take stock of the situation.
— रक्षा मंत्री कार्यालय/ RMO India (@DefenceMinIndia) June 27, 2021
Roof of area damaged in the first explosion
As per the reports, the roof of the technical area of the airport was damaged due to the first explosion that occurred reportedly at 1:37 AM and the second explosion occurred at an open area at 1:42 AM. Fortunately, no injuries or fatalities have recorded as of now.
“No damage to any equipment”: Indian Air Force
After the incident, the Indian Air Force’s Twitter handle issued a brief statement regarding the incident. The IAF in its tweet wrote-
“Two low intensity explosions were reported early Sunday morning in the technical area of Jammu Air Force Station. One caused minor damage to the roof of a building while the other exploded in an open area. There was no damage to any equipment. Investigation is in progress along with civil agencies.”
Probe into use of drones in the attack
While security issues in the disputed region of J&K is not unheard of, what makes the attack of June 27 is the possible involvement of drones. As per ANI report which cited sources involved in the matter, drones were used to drop IED inside the airport’s highly secured region. While not much is known about the drones and its technical prowess, if it was able to trigger the blasts, the drone could have the ability of not getting detected by radars.
An India Today source which was cited in the daily’s report also claimed the same information.
“A drone seems to have been used to drop IEDs. This was not on the periphery but near the helipad area,”
-the source said.
Drone Strikes – No more a piece of Sci-Fi
With ever increasing advancements in the field of technology, drone attacks are no more a piece of science fiction, but glaring reality countries have to take account of. Earlier this month, the Baghdad International Airport was also rocked by a bomb attack that was carried by a drone.
Baghdad International Airport has come under an attack by an unmanned aerial vehicle on Thursday, Iraqi security agencies said. According to an ANI report, the airport was attacked by 3 unmanned drones, one of which, was shot down by the security personnel.