The group of militants involved in Poonch ambush was probably the first [detected] group to infiltrate post Feb 25 ceasefire. It infiltrated through Sunderbani sector on July 7, has killed 10 Indian soldiers, including three Junior Commissioned Officers, lost 7 members.

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July 7, 2021: A group of militants infiltrates through Sunderbani sector, in Rajouri district, is detected by Indian army and in the ensuing gunfight three militants (probably foreigners) and two Indian soldiers including a JCO are killed.
August 6, 2021: A group of militants is detected in Thanamandi, in Rajouri district, two militants are killed, others manage to escape. PAFF owns the militants identifying one of them as Kashmiri from southern Shopian district, suggesting another was probably a foreigner.
August 19, 2021: A group of militants is cornered again in Thanamandi, in Rajouri district. Two Indian soldiers including a JCO are killed. A militant is killed too (Indian claim).
September 13, 2021: A group of militants is detected in Manjkote in Rajouri, a militant is killed, others manage to escape. PAFF owns the militant, a local from southern Shopian district.
Oct 11, 2021: Indian army search/ patrol party walks into an ambush in Surankote, in Pooch district, five Indian soldiers including a JCO are killed. PAFF owns the attack. The efforts to trace the militants have now entered Day 4.
So, if it's the same group of militants that infiltrated through Sunderbani, Rajouri on July 8 this year, it has been in Rajouri/Poonch districts for nearly 100 days, which suggests these militants are *based* in Jammu region, have probably no interest to move to Kashmir valley.
It's not possible for militants to survive, especially in forests without local support. The police chief (DIG) of Rajouri/Poonch reportedly says that these militants are moving in the area for 3 months, but have no local support! So, how do they survive, I wonder?
April 18, 2021 when PAFF claimed to have started its operations in Jammu Division.
If these are just a bunch of militants lost in forests of Pir Panjal for "three months" with no local support, my assessment of Jan is still wrong. If these are militants who based themselves in Rajouri/Poonch, have local support, then maybe I was right!

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