`Pak militant group could hit US, Europe`

The US says Lashkar-e-Toiba was "expanding horizons beyond the region”.

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2011, 11:42 AM IST

Washington: The United States says Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba has the ability to strike in Europe or the United States.

Director of the National Counterterrorism Centre Michael Leiter told a Senate intelligence hearing on Wednesday there were indications that Lashkar, blamed for the 2008 attacks on Mumbai in India, was "expanding horizons beyond the region”.

He said while Lashkar has the capacity to attack elsewhere, "we have not yet seen those steps occur”.

Lashkar has been banned in Pakistan, but the government there is accused of lacking the will to crack down on the group, originally set up to fight Indian security forces in disputed Kashmir.

Leiter said another Lashkar attack on India could be a "very destabilising factor" in the region.

Bureau Report