Jammu: The Indian Air Force (IAF) launched its investigation in possible drone attacks after two low-intensity explosions at the Air Force station in the Jammu airport in the early hours of Sunday.
National Bomb Data Centre experts and forensic teams were rushed to Jammu after the blasts took place at the high-security airport a little before 2 AM, within minutes of each other.
One of the blasts caused damage to the roof of a building in the technical section while another bomb exploded in an open area. Reports say the explosions were heard a km away.
Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh spoke to Vice Air Chief, Air Marshal HS Arora regarding today’s incident at Air Force Station in Jammu. Air Marshal Vikram Singh is reaching Jammu to take stock of the situation.
— रक्षा मंत्री कार्यालय/ RMO India (@DefenceMinIndia) June 27, 2021
No injuries or damage to any equipment has been reported so far but sources say this is being treated as a serious incident.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Air Force Vice Chief Air Marshal HS Arora amid reports that this could be a drone strike, possibly the first on an Indian Air Force base. Air Marshal Vikram Singh was heading to Jammu for investigations, said ministry officials.
“All angles are being probed as to what exactly triggered the blast. There is a possibility this was a drone strike,” sources said.
The Jammu Airport runway and Air Traffic Control in the Satwari area are under the IAF control and is also used to operate passenger flights.
News agency quoted sources as saying that the possible target of the drones was an aircraft parked in the dispersal area.
The incident took place hours before the Defence Minister and Army Chief General MM Naravane began a three-day visit to Ladakh to review India’s operational readiness and to interact with the troops in the backdrop of a drawn-out standoff with China.