American kidnapped in Pakistan / Gunmen kidnap American in Pakistan
The abducted man, Warren Weinstein, heads the Pakistan office for consulting
firm J.E. Austin Associates, Inc
Agence France-Presse August 13, 2011
LAHORE, Pakistan, Aug 13, 2011 (AFP) – An American aid expert was kidnapped at gunpoint from his house in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Saturday after gunmen stormed through the back door and overpowered his guards, police said.
The U.S. embassy said the man had been identified as Warren Weinstein and that he works for a private company.
He was snatched at dawn in the upmarket neighbourhood of Model Town, just two days before he was due to return to the United States after more than four years in the deeply conservative nuclear-armed Muslim country of 167 million.
Police described how eight kidnappers forced their way into the house as Weistein’s guards ate a traditional pre-dawn meal at 3:30 am (2230 GMT Friday) before beginning the daily Ramadan fast of observant Muslims.
“Somebody knocked on the main door. According to one of the guards when he opened the door, he saw three men standing there. They offered meals to the guard, who politely refused,” police official Tajamul Hussain told AFP.
“Five more men climbed into the house using the back door, overpowered the guards and tied their hands behind their back.
“They asked Weinstein’s driver to knock on his bedroom door. When the U.S. citizen opened the door, they snatched him,” Hussain said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the kidnapping.
U.S. embassy spokesman Alberto Rodriguez confirmed the seizure and told AFP: “We are working with Pakistani authorities on this issue
UPI August 13, 2011
LAHORE, Pakistan, Aug. 13 (UPI) — A U.S. businessman was kidnapped Saturday from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, by a group of armed men, police said.
Police told The Nation newspaper “some two dozen” armed men converged on the guarded home of 65-year-old Jason Warner and abducted him around 3:30 a.m.
Several security guards were injured at Warner’s compound during the attack, the newspaper said.
The BBC said Warner works as a contractor associated with the U.S. government in foreign aid.
Warner has lived in Pakistan for seven years and maintains a principal residence in Islamabad, but also had a home south in Lahore, The Nation said.
There was no immediate report of demands for ransom
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