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Fear of ‘sticky bombs’ in Kashmir: government forces redraw strategy, says report

Suspecting that ‘sticky bombs’ may have entered the valley, armed forces are redrawing their standard operating procedures and also advising the general public not to leave their vehicles unattended.

Last month, the Jammu and Kashmir police claimed to have recovered an arms consignment consisting of an Improvised Explosive Device with an in-built magnet that could be placed on any vehicle and exploded with the help of a timer or a remote. 

The magnetic IEDs, known as ‘sticky bombs’, have found their use in Afghanistan where the Taliban used them against US-led allied forces, and in Iraq and Syria where IS has triggered them against the government forces. 

The ‘sticky bombs’, allegedly dropped by militants sitting across the border in Pakistan using drones, were recovered in the Samba sector of the Jammu region along the International Border on February 14. 

Immediately after their recovery, a video originated on social media which gave step-by-step instructions about its usage and triggering mechanism, a development that took the government agencies back to the drawing board for redrawing its Standard Operating Procedures for their movement. 

The video issued in the name of People’s Anti-Fascist Front explained magnetic bombs and their damage capabilities. 

The video, originally used in Afghanistan training modules, has been given a voice-over in Kashmiri language explaining how to use this bomb for more and effective damage of the target, unnamed officials told news gathering agency PTI. 

The government forces, since the recovery of the ‘sticky bombs’, have instructed their formations not to leave their vehicle unattended, the officials said. 

In India, ‘sticky bombs’ were used by suspected Iranian militants in February 2012 to injure the wife of an Israeli diplomat. 

Sticky bombs, which were also used by the British forces during World War II, can be put on any vehicle and detonated through remote control or an in-built timer, the officials said. 

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