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‘Sticky bomb’ new headache for security forces in Kashmir

Security agencies fear that remote-controlled bombs could trigger a new wave of separatism in Kashmir, such bombs are called ‘sticky bombs’.

Sticky or ‘sticky’ bombs, which stick to cars with the help of small magnets and remote controls, are a problem for authorities these days, Reuters reported.

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According to Vijay Kumar, IGP Kashmir, such bombs are powerful despite their small size. “The arrival and use of such bombs will definitely affect the security situation in Kashmir as the police and security forces in the region move a lot in their vehicles,” Vijay Kumar said.

What are ‘sticky bombs’?

The term ‘sticky bomb’ is being used for bombs that have the ability to stick to their target and can be detonated from a distance. Such bombs have been used frequently in Afghanistan. 

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In recent times, such bombs have been used to target judges, security forces personnel, journalists, and specific targets. On the one hand, they have reduced civilian casualties, but at the same time, the sense of fear has increased.

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How did the ‘sticky bomb’ reach Kashmir?

Fifteen such bombs were recovered during a recent operation in Kashmir. An security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said not all the bombs seized were of Kashmiri origin or locally made. The official claimed that “all of them were transported through tunnels or with the help of drones.” They are being smuggled from Pakistan.

Authorities fear that ‘sticky’ or ‘sticky bombs’ could easily stick to security forces vehicles with the help of a magnet, making them easy targets. Since the movement of troops and military equipment is normal in Kashmir, all of them could be targets of armed separatists.

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Vijay Kumar says that in the context of this new type of weapon, the authorities have been forced to change their strategy. The distance between military and private traffic routes is being widened by erecting barriers. 

Additional cameras are also being installed in sensitive areas. Drones are also used to monitor the movement of military convoys.

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