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Pakistan militant group founder offers US storm aid

Published on Oct 30, 2012 10:56 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - The founder of a Pakistan-based Islamist group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, who is under a US$10 million (S$12 million) US bounty, on Tuesday offered humanitarian aid to the United States as it battles superstorm Sandy.

Sandy hammered the eastern United States early on Tuesday, flooding much of New York City, hitting several states with heavy winds and torrential rain and leaving at least 14 people dead.

Mr Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit and now head of the charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), said his organisation was ready to offer every possible help to the storm-hit American people.

"Jamaat-ud-Dawa is ready to send its volunteers, doctors, food, medicines and other relief items on humanitarian grounds if the US government allows us," Mr Saeed said in a statement.

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