After an air base in Jammu City, India-controlled Kashmir, was hit by two “low-intensity” explosions, the authorities launched an investigation. The explosion may have come from a drone.
“The investigation is being conducted with civilian agencies,” the Indian Air Force wrote on Twitter on Sunday. One of the explosions caused minor damage to the roof of a building at the station, while the other explosion exploded in an open area.
“There is no damage to any equipment,” it said.
Officials told Reuters that the explosion that occurred between 1:30 am and 2 am on Sunday injured two people and caused minor damage to a building.
They added that the explosion occurred only 14 kilometers away from the de facto border with Pakistan, which aroused the attention of the security community because it may mark the first use of drones in an attack in India.
Dilbagh Singh, the police chief of the Indian-controlled Kashmir (officially known as Jammu and Kashmir), told the NDTV news channel that a crude bomb was later found in another location.
He accused Kashmir’s armed groups of wanting the Himalayas to become independent or merge with neighboring Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan claim to own the entire Muslim-majority area, but only control a portion of it.
New Delhi has more than 500,000 troops stationed in the area, making it one of the most militarized areas in the world as it tried to quell the armed rebellion that broke out in the late 1980s.
India accuses Pakistan of supporting armed insurgents-Islamabad denies this accusation. Since the two countries gained independence from British rule in 1947, the region has been a flashpoint. They fought two of the three Kashmir wars.
The United Nations and human rights organizations criticized New Delhi for violating human rights in Kashmir.
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told pro-India Kashmir leaders that elections will be held there once the electoral districts in the region are reconfigured after the semi-autonomous state in the region was abolished two years ago. The area currently runs directly from New Delhi.
Early on Sunday morning, two low-intensity explosions were reported in the technical zone of Jammu Air Force Base. One caused minor damage to the roof of the building, while the other exploded in an open area.
-Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) June 27, 2021
A senior government official in New Delhi said that Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to review the security situation and is investigating the latest bombing.
In addition, a senior security official told Reuters that if the use of drones in an attack is suspected, it will pose a major challenge to the security forces in the region.