Srinagar: Armed forces in Kashmir have expressed concern after ‘Sticky Bombs’, which can be attached to vehicles and detonated remotely, have been seized during raids in recent months in Jammu and Kashmir. Senior officials told News Gathering Agency Reuters that ‘it will certainly impact the present security scenario as volume and frequency of vehicular movements of police and security forces are high in Kashmir Valley’.
These magnetic bombs, agencies say, have wreaked havoc in Afghanistan.
According to a report by Reuters, the arrival of the sticky bombs in Kashmir – including 15 seized in a February raid – raises concerns that an unnerving tactic attributed to the Taliban Afghanistan could be spreading to the region.
Afghanistan in recent months has seen a series of sticky-bomb attacks targeting security forces, judges, government officials, civil society activists and journalists.
None of the devices seized in Kashmir was produced there, a senior security official told Rueters, suggesting they were being smuggled from Pakistan.
“All of them have come via drone drops and tunnels,” he told the news wire.
Officials said the bombs are particularly worrying because they can be easily attached to vehicles using magnets, potentially allowing militants to carry out assassinations or target military convoys that regularly criss-cross the valley.