Govt hands over probe into Jammu airport drone attack to NIA

The IAF attack is the first instance of militants deploying drones to strike at the country's vital installations.
Govt hands over probe into Jammu airport drone attack to NIA
Two IAF personnel were injured after the base in Jammu was attacked using the drones.Mir Imran for Greater Kashmir

New Delhi: The government on Tuesday handed over the probe into the drone attack on the Jammu air force station to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Explosives were dropped on the Indian Air Force station in Jammu by two drones in the early hours of Sunday, injuring two personnel.

The investigation into the attack on the Jammu air force station has been handed over to the NIA, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.

A fresh attempt to attack a military installation with the help of drones was foiled by alert Army sentries at the Ratnuchak-Kaluchak station who fired at the unmanned aerial vehicles that flew away, an incident that came hours after an IAF station saw the first attack using quadcopters.

The first drone was spotted at around 11.45 pm on Sunday followed by another at 2.40 am over the military station, which witnessed a militant attack in 2002 in which 31 people were killed, including 10 children. The IAF attack is the first instance of militants deploying drones to strike at the country's vital installations.

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