NIA to probe drone attack on Jammu airport

29th June,2021

NIA to probe drone attack on Jammu airport

The National Investigation Agency was on Tuesday given the charge of inquiry into the drone attack on the Jammu air force station.

The decision to hand over the probe into the first-of-its-kind via drone terror attack at the Indian Air Force station was taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The probe into the attack on the Jammu air force station has been handed over to the NIA, a Home Ministry spokesperson mentioned.

In what was the first instance of Pakistan-based terrorists deploying drones to strike vital installations, two bombs were dropped at the Indian Aie Force station in Jammu in the early hours on Sunday morning, causing minor injuries to two airmen.

The explosions took place around 1.40 am within six minutes span of each other. The first blast ripped off the roof of a single-storey building at the technical area of the airport manned by the IAF in Satwari region on the outskirts of the city. The second blast was on the ground.

The officials told that the explosive material dropped by the drones might have been manufactured using a cocktail consisting of RDX, but a final confirmation is still awaited.

Investigators were yet to determine the flight trajectory of the drones that dropped the bombs as they scanned the CCTV footage, including from cameras installed on the boundary walls of the airport. However, all the CCTV cameras focused on the roadside, the officials told.

The drones that dropped the bombs were either flown back across the border or to some other destination during the night , they suspected.

A day after the attack, the IAF station located at the Jammu airport on Monday continued to remain out of bounds for all but the investigation teams including one from the NIA, which picked up every bit of evidence available on the ground.