The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the probe into what could be the first-ever drone attack on any Indian military facility after two explosions at Jammu Air Force station early this morning.
Two Indian Air Force personnel are reported to have suffered minor injuries in the blasts that took place a little before 2 AM. The two blasts, at 1.37 am and 1.43 am, were heard a km away, according to reports.
Top military sources say this is being treated as a serious incident. The Jammu & Kashmir Police has filed an FIR under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbag Singh has called it a "terror attack".
Jammu airport - located around 16 km from the border with Pakistan - is a dual-use facility under IAF control and is also used to operate passenger flights. Jammu Airport director Pravat Ranjan Beuria told PTI there was no disruption in flights.
Here are the highlights on Jammu Air Force station blasts:
In what is believed to be the first use of drones in a terror attack on an Indian military facility, two blasts took place at the Air Force base in Jammu Airport in the early hours of Sunday. Two Indian Air Force personnel suffered minor injuries in the explosions. Read here.
Indian Air Force officials said IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria telephoned from Bangladesh to speak to the two personnel who suffered minor injuries in the drone explosions, earlier today in Jammu, according to news agency ANI. The two soldiers are under observation and are doing fine, they said.
IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar today took review meeting with BCAS, NSG, IAF, CRPF, BSF, CISF, Director Airport, DIG Central Kashmir Range & SSP Budgam to discuss security situation at airport, & countermeasures- ANI (@ANI) June 27, 2021
Explosions were heard inside Jammu Airport's technical area, earlier today pic.twitter.com/rO1Wrfsdyr
Crude Bomb Found In Jammu After Drone Attack: J&K Police Chief- NDTV (@ndtv) June 27, 2021
NDTV's Nazir Masoodi reports#JammuAndKashmirpic.twitter.com/dwrEonThSf
A crude bomb was found in Jammu soon after a drone attack on the Air Force base in the city, Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh told NDTV on Sunday, widening the investigation into what has been called a terror strike. Read here.
After drone attack, crude bomb found in crowded area in Jammu, says J&K police chief- NDTV (@ndtv) June 27, 2021
NDTV's Neeta Sharma reports
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"Drones with payload were used in both the blasts at Jammu airfield. Another crude bomb was found by the Jammu Police. This IED (Improvised Explosive Device) was received by a LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) outfit operative and was to be planted at some crowded place," Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh told NDTV.
An alert has been sounded in Punjab's border district of Pathankot on Sunday after two explosives-laden drones crashed into the high-security Indian Air Force station at Jammu airport, officials said. Tight vigil is being maintained near key installations in Pathankot, they said. Read here.
Twin explosions at #JammuAndKashmir Air Force Station, first-ever drone attacks on an IAF station- NDTV (@ndtv) June 27, 2021
NDTV's Nazir Masoodi reports pic.twitter.com/u5YBBjkwdz
#JammuAirForceStation Blasts Updates: No Flight Disruption, J&K Police Files FIR- NDTV (@ndtv) June 27, 2021
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NDTV's Nazir Masoodi and Vishnu Som report pic.twitter.com/CBberHhqwn
In what is believed to be the first-ever drone attack on any Indian military facility, two blasts took place at the Air Force base in Jammu Airport in the early hours of Sunday."
"It has been an escalation in the scale of conflict; no more at the lower end of the low-intensity conflicts, but it's now targeting airbases": Ashminder Singh Bahal, Air Commodore (Retd), on #JammuAirForceStation explosions pic.twitter.com/RVPtILn7nz- NDTV (@ndtv) June 27, 2021