Jammu and Kashmir Police Shot down Drone carrying 5 kg IED.
Jammu and Kashmir Police downed a drone carrying a 5kg improvised explosive material (IED) in a “ready-to-use” state near the international border at Gurah Pattan, Jammu’s Akhnoor sector, early Friday morning. said the police.
It carried an IED in “ready-to-use state”, it was a hexadecimal helicopter assembled from parts made in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Mukesh Singh told the media. Only its fuse had to be connected to the wire to cause the explosion, he added.
The development comes two days before President Ram Nath Kovind’s scheduled three-day visit to the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, starting July 25.
According to ADGP Singh, a UT police team set up an ambush after the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad launched a payload via drone near Akhnoor. Around 1 a.m., the team sighted a drone and opened fire as it came down to drop the payload, Singh said.
This is the second weapons drone shot down by police in the Jammu region since last year; In June of last year, a similar flying machine with weapons was shot down at Hiranagar in Kathua.
The drone downed on Friday had a flight controller and GPS, and there was only a single-digit difference between the flight controller on it and the drone downed at Hiranagar last year, he said. Singh said that terrorist teams operating from across the border appear to have bought many flight controllers from the same series and are using them on different drones that are sent to the Indian side.
Preliminary analysis of the drone revealed that the payload is dropped through a rope. The rope found with the downed drone on Friday was similar to the one seized near the crater caused on the roof of an IAF station building last month, Singh said. This means that explosive devices at the IAF station were also launched via drone, he added. J&K DGP Dilbag Singh said the frequency of drone activity has increased in the Kathua and Akhnoor sectors over the past eight months. “This is a new type of threat. Countermeasures have been taken at all vital facilities. ”