Monday, July 05, 2021

Jammu IAF base attack: RDX found in IEDs dropped by drones, reveals probe

New Delhi: Days after drones dropped bombs at the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Jammu, forensic experts have reportedly said a cocktail of explosive material, including RDX and Nitrate, was used in the two IEDs.

Sources told India Today that a report by the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) has pointed to the use of RDX and Nitrate in the improvised explosive devices dropped at the air base in Jammu. RDX is not available in India. It is sourced from Pakistan. This evidence can help nail Pakistan’s role in the attack.

“One IED was bigger in size. It was aimed at infrastructural damage. The other was aimed at personnel with more splinters and ball-bearings,” the sources said.

A GPS drone, suspected to be a ‘Made in China’ product, was used in the attack in Jammu Air Force Station, sources added.

Last week, Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh said the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit was suspected to have been behind the drone attack on the Indian Air Force station in Jammu.

In what was the first instance of Pakistan-based terrorists deploying drones to strike vital installations, two bombs were dropped at the IAF station in Jammu, causing minor injuries to two airmen.

The case was later handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The decision to hand over the probe into the first-of-its-kind terror attack at the Indian Air Force station was taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The aerial distance from the Jammu airport to the international border is 14 km.

In the wake of the drone threat, security agencies in Jammu have already installed an anti-drone system at the Air Force station.

05/07/21 Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu/India Today

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