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Drones spotted near Jammu Air Force station

The Times of India logo The Times of India 21-07-2021 Sanjay Khajuria
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JAMMU: Drone activity was detected near the Jammu Air Force station once again on Wednesday morning, less than a week after a flying machine was spotted along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pallanwala area of Akhnoor.

“Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV/suspected drones) were spotted at two different locations in Satwari sector in the early hours of Wednesday. Around 4am, a drone was found hovering over the civil airport and a similar object was seen flying over Peer Baba area in Satwari, near Jammu Air Force base sometime later,” said a source. Later, these UAVs disappeared and authorities concerned were informed, following which a massive search was launched to trace these flying objects.

On June 27, two bombs were drone-dropped at the Jammu Air Force station, leaving two IAF personnel injured. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is investigating the case. Following the attack, the district authorities had banned commercial/private use of drones in Samba, Ramban, Kathua, Rajouri, Poonch, Baramulla, Srinagar, Jammu and Ganderbal districts of J&K.

On July 15, a drone was again spotted near the Jammu Air Force station, while another was spotted along the LoC in Pallanwala. The two incidents were reported within 24 hours and on July 14, BSF had forced a suspected drone to return to the Pakistan side after it was seen hovering over Jammu’s Arnia area.

Expressing concern over the proliferation of drones, J&K DGP Dilbag Singh had earlier said that drones have added a new dimension to security threats from terror groups. In an interview in Srinagar on Tuesday, Singh said an investigation into the attack on the Jammu IAF station last month showed involvement of non-state actors, supported by state actors such as the ordnance factory of Pakistan.

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