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India registers strong protest after drone seen over Indian High Commission in Islamabad

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India has registered a strong protest with Pakistan after a drone was seen flying over the Indian High Commission compound in Islamabad. The development comes after drone attacks on the air force base in Jammu and Kashmir last week.

The security breach in the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad was taken up through diplomatic channels by the Indian High Commission officials with the Pakistan Foreign Office. This is the first time that such an incident has been witnessed and reported. Headquarters in New Delhi was also briefed about the incident.

Drone seen along border

On Friday morning, the Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire on a drone after it tried to venture into the Indian territory on the International Border in Jammu, officials said. The drone was spotted by the alert BSF personnel in the Arnia sector on the outskirts of Jammu around 4.25 am, they said. The officials said the suspected drone returned to the Pakistani side when the border guards fired half a dozen rounds to bring it down.

The drone attacks

In a first instance of Pakistan-based terrorists deploying drones to strike vital installations, two bombs were dropped at the IAF station in Jammu airport in the early hours of Sunday, causing minor injuries to two IAF personnel.

The explosions took place around 1.40 am within six minutes of each other. The first blast ripped off the roof of a single-storey building at the technical area of the airport manned by the IAF in the Satwari area on the outskirts of the city. The second one was on the ground.

J&K’s director general of police Dilbag Singh has termed the incident a “terror act”. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing the drone attacks on the Jammu air force station. Meanwhile, an anti-drone system has been installed at the IAF base in Jammu amid multiple sightings to tackle the threat of quadcopters.

 

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