Authorities are launching an investigation after two “low-intensity” explosions, possibly by a drone, that hit the airport used by the military in the city of Jammu.
Authorities have launched an investigation after an air base in the Indian-administered city of Jammu in Kashmir was hit by two “low-intensity” explosions, possibly from a drone.
“Investigations are ongoing with civilian agencies,” the Indian Air Force tweeted Sunday, adding an explosion that caused minor damage to the roof of one building at the station while the other exploded in one area open.
“There was no damage to any equipment,” he said.
The blasts in the early hours of Sunday between 1:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., local time, injured two people and caused minor damage to a building, officials told Reuters.
They added that the explosions, which occurred just 14 km from the de facto border with Pakistan, have caused concern in security circles as they could mark the first time drones have been used in an attack in India.
Later a raw bomb was found elsewhere, Dilbagh Singh, the head of police in India-administered Kashmir, who is officially called Jammu and Kashmir, told the NDTV news channel.
He blamed armed groups in Kashmir, who want the Himalayan region to be both independent and merge with neighboring Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan claim the Muslim-majority region altogether, but control only part of it.
New Delhi has stationed more than half a million forces in the region – making it one of the most militarized areas in the world – while trying to quell an armed rebellion that erupted in the late 1980s.
India has accused Pakistan of supporting armed rebels – an accusation that Islamabad has denied. The region has been a hotbed since the two nations gained independence from the British kingdom in 1947. They fought two of their three wars over Kashmir.
The United Nations and rights groups have criticized New Delhi for human rights abuses in Kashmir.
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told pro-Indian Kashmiri leaders that elections will be held here once the region’s constituencies are reconfigured following the two-year repeal of semi-autonomous statehood. of the region. The region is currently managed directly by New Delhi.
Two low-intensity explosions were reported on Sunday morning in the technical area of Jammu Air Force Station One caused minor damage to the roof of a building while the other exploded in an open area.
– Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) June 27, 2021
A senior government official in New Delhi has said that Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will review the security situation and that the latest incidents have been investigated.
Separately, a senior security official told Reuters news agency that the suspected use of drones in the attack, if established, would present a significant challenge for security forces in the area.