India raises Jammu air base attack at UN, says use of drones for terrorism needs attention

Amid a number of sightings of drones in and round Jammu metropolis and days after an attack on the Indian Air Force (IAF) station at airport, India informed the UN General Assembly that the potential use of weaponised drones for terror actions calls for critical attention.

Special Secretary (Internal Security), Ministry of Home Affairs within the Government of India, V S Okay Kaumudi mentioned on Tuesday, “Today, misuse of information and communication technology such as internet and social media for terrorist propaganda, radicalisation and recruitment of cadre; misuse of new payment methods and crowdfunding platforms for financing of terrorism; and misuse of emerging technologies for terrorist purposes have emerged as the most serious threats of terrorism and will decide the counter-terrorism paradigm going forward,”

VSK Kaumudi made the remarks at the second High Level Conference of the Head of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of the Member States within the General Assembly.

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Raising concern over drones, the particular secretary added, “Being a low-cost option and easily available, utilisation of these aerial/sub-surface platforms for sinister purposes by terrorist groups such as intelligence collection, weapon/explosives delivery and targeted attacks have become an imminent danger and challenge for security agencies worldwide.”

“The possibility of the use of weaponised drones for terrorist purposes against strategic and commercial assets calls for serious attention by the member states. We have witnessed terrorists using UAS to smuggle weapons across borders,” Kaumudi mentioned, as per his assertion issued by the Permanent Mission of India to the UN.

India referred to as on the world to stay united towards tendencies of labeling terrorism primarily based on terrorist motivations particularly these primarily based on faith, and political ideologies.

“This will certainly divide us and weaken our fight against terrorism,” Kaumudi mentioned.

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He mentioned the transborder nature of this risk calls for collective and unified motion by the worldwide neighborhood, with none excuse or exceptions, making certain that these nations which offer secure havens to terrorists ought to be referred to as out and held accountable.

CONCERN OVER USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

At the United Nations, India additionally famous with concern that web and social media platforms have changed into sources within the toolkit of international terrorist teams.

Kaumudi informed the General Assembly that persevering with developments in evolving applied sciences, akin to Artificial Intelligence, robotics, “deep fakes”, blockchain, darkish internet are fraught with the danger of being abused by terrorists.

“The increased use of closed group communications adds to the concern,” he mentioned.

DRONE ATTACK IN JAMMU

In what’s the first time Pakistan-based terrorists have used drones to strike important installations, two bombs have been dropped at the IAF station in Jammu airport within the early hours of Sunday.

A contemporary try to attack a navy set up with the assistance of drones was foiled by alert Army sentries at the Ratnuchak-Kaluchak station who fired at the unmanned aerial automobiles that flew away, an incident that got here hours after an IAF station noticed the primary terror attack utilizing quadcopters.

On Tuesday, Army mentioned drones have been noticed in three separate areas in Jammu, together with Sunjwan navy space.

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