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Police shot down drone fitted with 5kg IED payload in Akhnoor

JAMMU: In a major success, the Jammu and Kashmir police Friday said that it shot down a drone fitted with five kilograms Improsive Explosive Device (IED) in Jammu’s Akhnoor area.

The police said that the threads of which were the same as that of the ones used for dropping payloads at Air Force Station Jammu.

Addressing a press conference in Jammu, Singh said that police had received a specific input that Jaish-e-Muhammad was planning to drop a payload through a drone near Akhnoor. “At around 1 am, police shot down the drone when it went down to drop the payload that was around 5 Kg IED material,” Singh said.

He said that the serial number of the flight controller used in the drone is just one digit different from the one drone that was earlier shot down at Aknoor some time ago. “The IED material was packed and it was almost a ready-made IED just to be triggered by connecting a few wires. Preliminary analysis suggested that it was a hexa-copter with six wings fitted with a flight controller and a GPS,” the ADGP said.

He said that the packed IED was supposed to be dropped by drone and to be picked up by someone.

“We waited for the suspect, but none turned up,” he said.  The ADGP said that the drone shot down at Kathua is an assembled one with its parts manufactured from Taiwan and Hong-Kong. Asked whether there is any link between today’s recovery of the drone and the recent attack on Air Force Station Jammu, the ADGP said that the threads recovered in today’s drone were same as that of those used to drop the payloads at AFS.

“Further investigations are on. It seems that JeM has assembled many drones with the same series and there is just a difference of one digit in the serial number of the one drone recovered earlier at Akhnoor and today’s one,” he said. On June 29, two drones dropped payloads at the Air Force Station (AFS) Jammu one of which pierced through the rooftop of an empty room while another exploded in the premises. However, no loss of life was reported in the incident. The first drone attack on the strategic location of the defence forces had sent the security grid of J&K into a tizzy. The case was handed over to the NIA for the probe.

The ADGP Singh further said that the drones recovered in the recent past are being used to drop payloads including AK-47 rifles and IED material. “Such drones can travel up to 20 km distance depending on the payload,” the ADGP said, adding that so far 16 AK-47 rifles dropped by the drones have been recovered by the Jammu police—(KNO)

 

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