Two explosives-laden drones crashed into the IAF station at Jammu airport in the early hours of Sunday, perhaps the first time that suspected Pakistan-based militants have used unmanned aerial vehicles in an attack, officials said.
Two Indian Air Force personnel were injured in the explosions that took place around 1.40 am within six minutes of each other. The first blast ripped off the roof of a single-storey building at the high-security technical area of the airport manned by the IAF in the Satwari area of the city. The second one was on the ground, the officials said.
“The attack at the IAF station in Jammu is a terror attack,” Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbag Singh said.
He said the police and other agencies were working together with IAF officials to unravel the plan behind the attack. A team from the anti-terror probe agency National Investigation Agency (NIA) was also on the spot.
It was not immediately clear from where the drones had taken off and investigations were on to ascertain their flight path, officials said.
The aerial distance from the Jammu airport to the international border is 14 km.
The Jammu and Kashmir police registered a First Information Report (FIR) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s office said he spoke to Vice Air Chief, Air Marshal H S Arora, over the airport incident.
In a Twitter post, the IAF said two “low-intensity explosions” were reported early Sunday morning in the technical area of the Jammu air force station.
“One caused minor damage to the roof of a building while the other exploded in an open area… There was no damage to any equipment. An investigation is in progress along with civil agencies,” it said.