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‘Lashkar infected by Al Qaeda’

world Updated: Sep 18, 2010 00:29 IST

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Pakistan-based Lashkar-e Tayyeba is acting in a more Al Qaeda-like manner after being “infected” by ideas of Osama bin Laden’s terror network and poses the highest risk to the US, according to a top US counter-terrorism expert.

“Al Qaeda has infected other groups in South Asia with its ideas. Pakistani Taliban sent, as you know, a bomber to Times Square. Lashkar-e-Tayebba is acting in a more Al Qaeda-like manner,” Peter Bergen, the Counter-terrorism Strategy Initiative Co-Director at New America Foundation, said.

He said this during his testimony before the House Homeland and Security Committee.

Of all the terror groups, he said, the Lashkar-e-Tayebba poses the highest threat to the US. “Lashkar, I think, is probably the more important of all of these because it’s the largest group. It attracts educated people.”