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Why stickybombs are increasingly being used and their connection to Amarnath Yatra

A Pakistani drone carrying sticky bombs was shot down in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district on Sunday after crossing the Indian border. The drone was part of a major terrorist plot targeting the Amarnath Yatra.

However, the timely intervention of the police thwarted the major terrorist attack. The police had received information that the terrorists might use sticky bombs to attack Char Dham Yatra buses.

The bomb disposal team, called in to inspect the drone’s payload, found seven magnetic bombs and an equal number of grenades compatible with under-barrel grenade launchers (UBGLs) attached to it.

The modus operandi was also used during the Katra bus incident earlier this month, where one of these bombs was suspected to have been used. Top intelligence sources had told News18 that the mysterious explosion inside the vehicle was a terrorist attack and that a sticky bomb was used in the explosion on the bus heading to Sanctuary Base Camp. Mata Vaishno Devi.

New threat

Security officials say the threat of IED attacks has always existed. However, sticky bombs (also known as mag bombs) that can be attached to a vehicle are a new threat this time around, according to a report by The Indian Express.

It can be triggered remotely or triggered by timers. According to a senior J&K police officer, it is a coin-shaped magnet at the bottom of a small container that allows the attacker to attack the bomb on a metal surface, usually a vehicle.

Unlike remote control sticky bombs, these bombs have a timer of around 5-10 minutes, giving the attacker enough time to flee.

Terrorists often attach these sticky bombs to a vehicle when it stops at a traffic light or for any other reason. During the attack on the Katra bus, the sticky bomb was attached to the fuel tank of the vehicle.

Security forces conduct drills to guard against them, and drivers of buses and other vehicles are trained to spot such bombs.

Tested and deployed in Afghanistan

The bomb was used in the recent war in Afghanistan where it was deployed in congested Kabul traffic and mounted pressure on US forces in the country before August last year.

In December 2020, a “sticky bomb” attack killed the deputy governor of Kabul province.

As cheap as $25

Sticky bombs were made in a machine shop for militants and criminals as they settled scores. The bomb was widely used in the country until last year, the reason being its portability and ease of manufacture for around US$25.

Increasingly used in India

In April this year, the sticky bomb was detected at Sidhra Bypass near the outskirts of Jammu and a major tragedy was averted. Similarly, in August 2021, security forces seized four IED-equipped sticky bombs from a man in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir ahead of Independence Day.

In February 2012 it was found in Samba and a similar one was used in the February 2012 attack outside the Israeli Embassy.

On February 13, 2012, an Israeli embassy car exploded when a magnetic bomb stuck on it detonated in a high security area in New Delhi.

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