The Jammu and Kashmir police has shot down a drone carrying improvised explosive device (IED) material weighing 5 kg in the border belt of Jammu district on Friday. Following information about a drone flying over the border belt of Kanachak along the International Border (IB) on Thursday night, a quick reaction team (QRT) of the police swung into action and shot it down using anti-drone strategy.
The drone was flying about 7 to 8 km inside the border. It had six big wings and was a tetra-copter. The IED material was attached with the flying object and was meant to be assembled into an IED before use, according to police.
The development comes close on the heels of a twin drone attack at the Air Force station in Jammu. The incident had left two officials injured. The case is being probed by the NIA. Several incidents of UAVs being sighted in Jammu have been reported since then by the locals and security officials.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh has directed officers to remain extra alert as terror outfits are continuously trying to use drones for terrorist activities.
Security officials have been asked to keep the suspicious elements under check to foil their attempts. Terror outfits are continuously attempting to use drones for terrorist activities in the UT.
In another related development, two terrorists militants were killed in an overnight encounter with security forces in the Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district. Following information about the presence of ultras in the Warpora area of Sopore, the security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation.
During the house-to-house search, the location of the terrorists was established and they were asked to surrender. However, they refused the offer and the search operation turned into an encounter after terrorists started firing towards the positions of the security forces. Two terrorists were killed in the operation.
Security forces have killed 80 militants in the valley since the beginning of this year.