Tuesday, June 29, 2021

NIA takes over Jammu airport drone attack probe

Jammu: The investigation into the drone strike at Air Force Station Jammu has been handed over to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs told India Today. The development comes after the elite counter-terrorism unit submitted a preliminary report of the incident to the ministry.

The NIA is expected to lodge a case to begin the probe officially.

It is suspected that a Pakistan-based terror group was behind the attack on the Jammu air base. The Ministry of Home Affairs has been keeping a close eye on the developments in the case, a government source said.

An NIA team led by SP Rakesh Balwal was among the first at the scene of the twin blasts in the high security technical area of the Jammu airport in the wee hours of Sunday.

In a first of its kind attack, low-flying drones were used to airdrop improvised explosive devices (IEDs) inside a defence establishment in India. Two low-intensity blasts were triggered; the first ripped off the roof of a single-storey building while the second was on the ground in an open area.

Two Indian Air Force personnel sustained minor injuries in the explosions that took place around 1.40 am within six minutes of each other. Preliminary reports confirmed that the blasts did not cause any damage to equipment or aircraft.

An FIR has been registered under relevant sections of the Explosive Substances Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Indian Penal Code at the Satwari Police Station in Jammu. Two suspects were detained by the police in connection with the case.

29/06/21 Munish Chandra Pandey/India Today

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