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Another Mumbai type attack on the cards: US official

world Updated: May 10, 2009 16:55 IST

A top Obama aide has warned of another "Mumbai-style" terror attack on India by the jihadist "Frankenstein monster," which wants the Pakistan Army to remain focussed on its western border and foil attempts to re-deploy it in the restive tribal areas.

Bruce Riedel, an administration aide and retired CIA expert, who helped formulate Obama's Af-Pak policy, believes there is "serious risk" of another Mumbai-type terrorist attack so as to ratchet up tension between India and Pakistan and give Islamabad's Army an excuse to maintain its forces on the western border.

In an interview to the Council on Foreign Relations, Riedel said the jihadist in Pakistan, whom he termed as the "Frankenstein monster" wants the situation on the India-Pak front constantly boiling to divert the Pakistani army away from them and allow Islamic militants to grow and fester.

"There is a serious risk of another Mumbai-style attack, which would ratchet up tensions and make the Pakistani army even more determined to keep 80 per cent of its manpower focused on India rather than on the threat posed by the internal jihadist problem," Riedel said in an interview.

Observing that India has shown remarkable restraint over the years, partly because they cannot figure out a viable military response that doesn't risk escalation to full-scale war, Riedel said: "How longer that restraint will last before we have another attack remains to be seen".