Monday, June 28, 2021

Pak Terror Group Lashkar or Jaish Could be Behind Jammu Airport Blasts, Intel Sources

The twin blasts triggered by a drone at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Jammu Airport early Sunday morning could be the handiwork of Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba or Jaish-e-Mohammed, according to security agencies.

Two low-intensity improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were dropped from a drone at the IAF base in Jammu around 1:30am on Sunday. The blasts took place very close to the helicopter hangar but no serious damage was reported to any equipment. Two Indian Air Force personnel, however, sustained minor injuries while a building was partially damaged in the blasts.

J&K DGP Dilbag Singh while confirming the development to CNN-News18 said that there was a “use of drone with payload in both the blasts at Jammu airfield suspected to drop the explosive material”.

Intelligence sources have revealed that the Air Traffic Control (ATC) building and the parked Mi17 choppers were the targets of the bomb blasts but both got missed. One of the blasts, however, took place 100 metres away from the ATC.

Sources have also revealed that one of the drones was carrying 5kg TNT bomb while the other had a lesser payload. Experts from the bomb unit of National Security Guard (NSG) and other agencies are further investigating the nature of the bomb.

Earlier, Jaish-e-Mohammed in connivance with Hizbul Mujahideen had regularly received ammunition from drones via their handlers from across the border in Pakistan, especially in the Samba sector of Jammu & Kashmir. On specific intelligence inputs, Over Ground Workers (OGWs) have been arrested in the area as well.

27/06/21 Aditya Raj Kaul/CNN-News18

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