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Terrorists with AK-47s a lethal combination: US official

A top counter-terrorism official of the Obama Administration has said the Mumbai attack shows how a group of terrorists with small weapons like AK-47 can be used as a lethal combination, which can cause irreversible damage to geo-political strategic relationship.

world Updated: Apr 16, 2009 07:55 IST

A top counter-terrorism official of the Obama Administration has said the Mumbai attack shows how a group of terrorists with small weapons like AK-47 can be used as a lethal combination, which can cause irreversible damage to geo-political strategic relationship.

"The events of Mumbai reminded us that old-school terrorist tactics of AK-47 can be extremely valuable to the terrorist organisations," Michael E Leiter, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said at the AspenInstitute.

"We saw that again with the attack on the police facility in Lahore, and they are extremely easy to perpetrate in many ways," Leiter said in his address last week according to the transcripts made available yesterday.

Implying that Mumbai could be considered as a turning point in such terrorist tactics, Leiter said: "We have seen, since the attacks in Mumbai, a desire and a willingness to change some of these tactics, and we are concerned about the change of these tactics, both in the

Pakistan-Afghanistan-Indian region, but also beyond that, and the potential for that to manifest itself in the United States or elsewhere."

After Mumbai attack, top US officials have been expressing their apprehension over a similar terrorist attack in larger American cities like New York, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles.