“Sticky bombs”: Govt forces in Kashmir redraw SOPs, advise people to not leave vehicles unattended

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Government forces are redrawing their standard operating procedures and also advising the general public not to leave their vehicles unattended.

This comes after suspicions of ”sticky bombs” entering the valley, Press Trust of India reported.

In the middle of last month, the Jammu and Kashmir police recovered an arms consignment consisting of a Improvised Explosive Device (IED) with an in-built magnet which could be placed on any vehicle and exploded with the help of a timer or a remote.

The magnetic IEDs, known as ”sticky bombs”, have found their maximum use in war-ravaged Afghanistan where Taliban used them against US-led allied forces and in Iraq and Syria where IS terrorists have triggered them against the government forces.

The ”sticky bombs”, dropped by militants sitting across the border in Pakistan using drones, were recovered in Samba sector of Jammu region along the International Border on 14 February.

Immediately after their recovery, a video originated from across the border on social media which gave step by step instructions about its usage and triggering mechanism, a development which took the security agencies back to the drawing board for redrawing its Standard Operating Procedures (SoP) for their movement.

The video issued in the name of People”s Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF), believed to be a shadow outfit of the banned Lashker-e-Taiba group, explained about magnetic bombs and its damage capabilities.

The video, originally used in Afghanistan training modules, has been given a voice over in Kashmiri language explaining how to use this bomb for more and effective damage of the target, the officials said.

The forces, since the recovery of the ”sticky bombs”, have instructed their formations and general public at large not to leave their vehicle unattended, the officials said.

In India, ”sticky bombs” were used by suspected Iranian militants in February 2012 to injure the wife of an Israeli diplomat.

The development comes two years after a Jaish-e-Mohammed militant carried out a sensational attack when he rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus carrying security forces that left 40 CRPF personnel dead.

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