India’s Border Security Force opened fire at a suspected Pakistani drone along the International Border in Jammu district in the early hours of Thursday, forcing it to return, officials said.
They said a massive search operation has been launched to trace any weapon or explosive that it might have dropped.
“A blinking light suspected to be from a drone was observed in Arnia area (along the International Border) about 04:15 hours today,” a BSF spokesperson said.
BSF troops fired at the flying object which was at a height of about 300 meters, causing it to withdraw, he said.
The armed forces have been alert to attempts being made by Pakistan and militants outfits across the border to smuggle weapons, ammunition, and explosives through drones via the International Border in Jammu region to arm militants.
Armed forces have shot down several drones in the recent past in Jammu, Kathua, and Samba sectors and seized their payloads including rifles, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), sticky bombs besides narcotics, On Monday, the police had recovered three magnetic IEDs dropped by a drone in Akhnoor border area of Jammu after BSF shot it down with its payload.
On May 29, seven sticky bombs and as many under-barrel grenades (UBG) were found with a drone that was brought down give by police in the Rajbagh area of Kathua district.