The drone shot down around six kilometres inside the Indian border in the Kanachak area of Jammu and Kashmir has been identified as a Hexacopter. Police also recovered 5 kg of improvised explosive device (IED) which was to be assembled and to be used by terrorists, police said.
Agencies are probing whether terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is behind the drone activity and using this modus operandi for a terror attack as in previous cases. The officer said the IED was wrapped in polythene, and it seems it was to be assembled and then used by terrorists. This is not the first time a drone was spotted in Jammu or near the International Borders. On Wednesday, a suspected drone was spotted in the Satwari area, while earlier on July 16, a drone that was seen operating around the Jammu Air Base was picked up by the radars of the anti-drone system deployed by the National Security Guard (NSG) there. The NSG had deployed an anti-drone system in the city after a drone attack took place on the Jammu air base last month, when a drone was used to target the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Jammu with explosives last month. There have been several incidents of Pakistan-based terrorists using drones in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir to drop arms, ammunition, drugs, and money to fuel terrorism in the region.
The Air Force had also taken measures to prevent any such attack in Jammu and other important airbases across the country. It has also taken strict measures to address threats from small drones.