Saturday, September 05, 2015

Pak terror groups eye drones, paragliders to attack India: Intelligence

New Delhi: Amidst chilling revelations by several terrorists and investigations carried out by intelligence agencies on possible use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) for terrorist attacks, the government has finalized a robust policy for flying such objects. The new guidelines for the UAVs/UASs including paragliders, hot air balloons, remote-controlled flying devices, microlight aircrafts etc will be out soon, said sources.

The recent attack at Jewani in Balochistan province of Pakistan on August 30, in which gunmen stormed the small unused airport in early hours, also sent alarm bells ringing as there are 325 such less used or unused airstrips in India, which can be used for launching gliders etc.

In fact, the threat from paragliders is borne by the interrogation of terrorists including LeT's Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, Indian Mujahideen's Syed Ismael Afaque Lanka and Khalistani militant leader Jagtar Singh Tara. Jundal, co-conspirator of 26/11 Mumbai strikes, had revealed that LeT provides aerial training to select cadres. Independent inputs confirm ISI's role as well in training LeT cadres in parachute jumping.
05/09/15 Bharti Jain & Neeraj Chauhan/Times of India
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