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J&K: Hexacopter Shot Down, 5 KG of Explosives Found

This comes after another suspected drone was spotted in the Satwari area on Wednesday.

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<div class="paragraphs"><p>The drone shot down earlier on Friday, 23 July in Jammu and Kahmir's Kanchak area has been identified as a Hexacopter, news agency ANI reported.</p><p></p></div>
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The drone shot down earlier on Friday, 23 July, in Jammu and Kashmir's Kanchak area has been identified as a Hexacopter, news agency ANI reported.

The Hexacopter, which was spotted around six kilometres inside the Indian border was found to be carrying around 5 kg of explosive material, ANI reported.

Speaking to ANI, ADGP of Jammu zone Mukesh Singh said, "We had deployed team near Akhnoor based on specific info. Around 1am, a drone was detected. When it was lowered to drop the payload, a police team started firing and shot it down. The payload, weighing around 5 kg, was IED in an almost prepared condition."

He added that the serial number of its flight controller only differs from a drone found in Kathua last year by one digit.

As per the ADGP, the drone was found to be assembled with some parts from China and some from Taiwan, ANI reported.

"We have recovered 16 AK47 rifles, 3 M4 rifles, 34 pistols, 15 grenades, 18 IEDs and Rs 4 lakh cash in the last one and a half year sent via drone sorties," he added.

He said, "Payload is dropped by using a string from drones. In this incident, it was found that a string with a similar pattern was used to the drop bomb at the airport. This confirmed that it was dropped using a drone."

This incident comes after another suspected drone was spotted in the Satwari area on Wednesday.

The National Security Guard's (NSG) anti-drone system had also picked a drone near the Jammu Air Base on 16 June. The deployment of the system came following the drone attack on the Jammu air base last month.

Since the attack, the Indian Air Force has enhanced the preventive measures around the Jammu airbase and other important airbases in the country. Strict measures have also been taken to address small drone threats, ANI reported.

Drone sightings have seen a sudden jump since the Jammu attack, with the Army and Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel firing at them in several recent instances.

(With inputs from ANI)

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