In a major security scare, two explosions rocked the high security technical area of Air Force Station Jammu on the intervening night of 26-27 June. An official statement from the Defence PRO stated that there was no injury to any personnel or any damage to equipment.
“Two low intensity explosions were reported early 27 June 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. There was no damage to any equipment. Investigation is in progress along with civil agencies,” the official Twitter handle of the Indian Air Force tweeted.
The area was cordoned off by security forces within minutes. Police and forensic teams are at the site to ascertain the cause of the two explosions.
A massive search operation has been launched outside the Air Force station. Investigations are on and the matter is being probed from all angles. The terror angle has not been ruled out.
NSG, NIA Dispatched
Sources said that the NSG’s Bomb Data Team and an NIA team are on their way to the Air Force Station.
After learning of the blasts, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Harjit Singh Arora, regarding the incident.
Air Marshal Vikram Singh, senior Air Staff officer Western Command, is slated to reach Jammu Air Force Station to review the situation. He is the second senior most officer in the Western Air Command.
Security agencies are looking into whether a drone was used to drop an IED payload inside the airport’s high security zone to trigger the blasts. These drones are not detected by radars.
Top sources in the security grid said, “A drone seems to have been used to drop IEDs. This was not on the periphery but near the helipad area.”
The India-Pakistan border is 14 KM from the Air Force Station and on previous occasions, weapons have been dropped as far as 12 KM inside Indian territory using drones.