The Straits Times
Published on Nov 01, 2012

US rejects Pakistan militant's offer of storm aid


WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) on Wednesday rejected an offer of help for Americans hit by superstorm Sandy from the founder of a Pakistan-based Islamist group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit who has a US$10 million (S$12.2 million) reward on his head, said his charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) was ready to help to those affected by the storm.

Acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner recalled that Saeed is wanted for the 2008 attacks which killed 166 people, including six Americans.

The LeT has also been designated a foreign terrorist organisation by the State Department.