US official blames Pakistani group for attack
|Workers put-up posters on wooden boards outside the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008.|
WASHINGTON (AP) -- National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell says the terrorist group U.S. intelligence believes carried out last week's attack in Mumbai is the same one that attacked Mumbai trains in 2006.
McConnell did not name the group during a speech at Harvard University. However, the Indian government has attributed the 2006 attack on Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani terrorist group, and the Students Islamic Movement of India.
McConnell is the first U.S. official to publicly identify Lashkar as the likely perpetrator. Earlier Tuesday, a senior State Department official told reporters only that the brutal, prolonged attack had some roots in Pakistan.