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DRONE ATTACK AT IAF, JAMMU – NIA TO PROBE

JUNE 30, 2021


Twin drones attacked the Indian Air Force station in Jammu on Sunday, injuring two IAF

personnel and damaging a portion of the building. An initial probe conducted by the Jammu

and Kashmir Police and security agencies indicated the role of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-

Taiba (LeT) in the drone strike.

Within 24 hours following the twin drone explosions, two similar devices were noticed

moving over the Ratnuchak-Kaluchak military area in Jammu, thereby prompting soldiers to

open fire at them, officials said on Monday. This has led the government to go for a new policy

to deal with emerging threats. The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) handed the

investigation into the attack to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). A case has already

been filed under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

In a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, measures and

strategies to counter Weaponised drones used for terror purposes against strategic and

commercial assets were discussed. The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath

Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, among others.

The Border Security Force is in the process of acquiring a ground-based standalone platform

capable of detecting lone, suspicious flying objects or groups of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

(UAVs) and reacting quickly. Indian Army has already been given the go-ahead to acquire

artificial intelligence-equipped drones that can be deployed during such attacks.

Recent incidents have shown how small drones have been improvised by terror groups to

carry explosives. So, an urgent need to acquire artificial intelligence-equipped drones has been

felt," the Home Ministry official said.

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