US Suspects Pakistani Group Behind Mumbai Terror

Kashmir-based extremist group has links to al-Qaeda, Taliban
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2008 7:41 AM CST
US Suspects Pakistani Group Behind Mumbai Terror
An Indian soldier takes cover as the Taj Mahal hotel burns during gun battle between Indian military and militants inside the hotel in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008.    (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

American intelligence experts are focusing on a Pakistani group as they help India probe the Mumbai attacks, the New York Times reports. Counterterrorism authorities won't say what makes them suspect Kashmir-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, but it’s believed that at least one member has been captured for interrogation. The militant group is thought to have links to al-Qaeda.

The organization has not targeted Westerners in the past, but it’s been expanding its scope beyond Kashmir in recent years and has attacked American troops while training with the Taliban in Afghanistan. American counterterrorism experts say the network has previously received help from Pakistan's spy agency, which is sending an official to India to help with the investigation.

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