Thursday , August 18 2022

Amarnath Yatra scare: What are sticky bombs that terrorists threatened to use

The holy Hindu pilgrimage, the Amarnath Yatra will commence from June 30, 2022. However, danger looms large at the pilgrims after Intelligence agencies received information that vehicles carrying Amarnath pilgrims can be attacked with sticky bombs. This year, more than 3 lakh pilgrims are expected to visit the holy Amarnath shrine.

Last month, a Pakistani drone was shot down in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district. The unmanned aerial vehicle was carrying sticking bombs as part of a major terror plot aimed at the Amartnath Yatra. Police had received inputs that the terrorists might use sticky bombs to attack the Char Dham Yatra buses.

The modus operandi was also used during the Katra bus incident in May where four people were killed and 22 were injured and now being probed by the NIA. Looking at the risk involved, security agencies have made a big change in the plan of the vehicular movement of Amarnath pilgrims. Security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir are on a high alert after reports of terrorists being in possession of sticky bombs.

What are sticky bombs?

Sticky bombs, also known as magnetic bombs, are a type of explosives that are small in size and can be stuck to a vehicle to detonate it from a distance. Sticky bombs have been in use since the Second World War. More recently, they were used by Talibans in Afghanistan against the NATO forces.

These types of bomb can be remotely denoted and can also be set off using timers. Media reports suggest it is a coin-shaped magnet at the bottom of a small container that enables the attacker to attach the bomb to a metal surface, usually a vehicle.

These bombs have a timer of about 5-10 minutes, which gives the attacker enough time to flee. Sticky bombs, which were also used by the British forces during the World War II, can be put on any vehicle and detonated through a remote control or an in-built timer.

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