LeT leader says U.S. acting desperate

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 3 (UPI) -- The leader of the Pakistani militant group accused of orchestrating the 2008 attacks on Mumbai said Washington was acting out of desperation with a bounty.

The U.S. State Department announced Tuesday it authorized a $10 million reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, founder of Pakistani military group Lashkar-e-Toiba.


The State Department said the militant leader helped coordinate the 2008 siege on Mumbai that left 166 people, including six U.S. citizens, dead.

Saeed told al-Jazeera, however, the bounty was a sign that Washington was frustrated with its military campaign in the region.

"I think the U.S. is frustrated because we are taking out countrywide protests against the resumption of NATO supplies and drone strikes," he said. "I believe either the U.S. has very little knowledge and is basing its decisions on wrong information being provided by India, or they are just frustrated."

In 2010, a special court in Mumbai sentenced Ajmal Kasab to death for his role in the Mumbai attacks. He is the lone surviving member of the 10-member team that carried out the attacks.

American drug informant David Coleman Headley is under detention in the United States for his alleged role in that attack.

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