The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has become one of the main centres of extremist Islamic activity in South Asia. Between 1998 and July 2002 fighting in the disputed region resulted in 14,165 casualties, including 4,038 civilians, 2,314 security force personnel and 7,813 militants. At the forefront of much of this violence is the Army of the Pure (Lashkar-e-Tayyiba - LeT), which has emerged as the most lethal and brutal of all the jihadist groups currently fighting in Jammu and Kashmir.
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