US sees LeT terror network in Lanka

By Leon Berenger

The Pakistan-based terror group, Lashkar-e-Toiba, is fast expanding its operations to other South Asian countries including Sri Lanka, a top US military official has warned.

Admiral Robert Willard, Commander of the US Pacific Command, was quoted by news agencies as saying that the dangerously expanding influence of LeT, which is alleged to have carried out the Mumbai terror attack in 2008, was an issue of concern for the Obama administration.

"Right now our concern is the movement of Lashkar-e-Toiba, the terrorist group that emanates from Pakistan that was responsible for the Mumbai attacks in India, and specifically their positioning in Bangladesh and Nepal, the Maldives and Sri Lanka," Admiral Willard told the U.S. Armed Services Committee.

Foreign Secretary Romesh Jayasinghe said that Colombo was not aware of such a development since Washington was yet to comment on the matter in an official capacity.

When asked if Washington would inform Colombo on the threat, U.S. Embassy spokesman Jeff Anderson said: “We don't have any thing to say beyond what Admiral Willard has already said on Friday”.

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