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Kidnapped US aid contractor reportedly held by militants in Pakistan

MinnPost.com  January 26, 2012

A kidnapped American aid contractor is alive and in good health, being held by a Pakistani Al Qaeda affiliate that’s likely to use him as a bargaining chip, according to militants, security officials, and analysts.

Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped in August from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, is in the custody of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants in North Waziristan, a ranking Pakistani militant told McClatchy. The militant said he’d seen Mr. Weinstein last month and at that point “his health was fine.”

“He is being provided all available medical treatment, including regular checkups by a doctor and the medicines prescribed for him before he was plucked,” the militant, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, said last week in an interview.

Little has been revealed publicly about Weinstein’s status since December, when Ayman al Zawahiri, the head of Al Qaeda, said in a video that the terrorist network was holding him.

Weinstein, who’s from Rockville, Md., spent several years as the Pakistan country manager for J.E. Austin Associates, a contractor for the US Agency for International Development. Reportedly in ill health, he’d packed his bags and was within hours of leaving Pakistan for good on Aug. 13 when militants kidnapped him from his home in the affluent suburb of Model Town.

January 26, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractors Kidnapped, Contractors Missing, Pakistan, Safety and Security Issues, State Department, USAID | , , , , , | Leave a comment

American engineer kidnapped by gunmen in Somalia

The Daily Mail   January 21, 2012

Gunmen kidnapped an American man in the northern Somali town of Galkayo on Saturday, officials said.

The gunmen surrounded the man’s car shortly after the man left the airport, said policeman Abdi Hassan Nur, who witnessed the incident. He said they then forced the American into another vehicle.

Galkayo is on the border between the semi-autonomous northern region of Puntland and a region known as Galmudug. It is ruled by forces friendly to the U.N.-backed Somali government.

A minister from the Galmudug administration said the kidnapped man is an American engineer who came to Somalia to carry out an evaluation for building a deep water port in the town of Hobyo.

The gunmen severely beat the foreigner’s Somali companion when he begged them not to take the man, said the minister.

The minister spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

A staff member at the Embassy Hotel, where the man was staying, said the American had gone to the airport to drop off an Indian colleague. The hotel said that the man had both American and German citizenship.

The staff member asked not to be identified because he was not supposed to give out information about guests.

January 25, 2012 Posted by | Africa, Civilian Contractors, Contractors Kidnapped, Pirates, Somalia | , , , , | Leave a comment

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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August 13, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractors Kidnapped, Pakistan, State Department, USAID | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gunmen kidnap contractor in Mosul

Aswat al-Iraq The First Independent News Agency in Iraq

NINEWA / Aswat al-Iraq: Unknown gunmen kidnapped a contractor on Monday in eastern Mosul, according to a security source.
“Unknown gunmen kidnapped a civilian contractor near his house in al-Muthanna neighborhood, eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
“The man received a phone call from unknown people, claiming they want to sign a deal with him,” the source explained, pointing out that he went to them and then disappeared.
He did not give further details.
Mosul, the capital of Ninewa, lies 405 km north of Baghdad.

Thanks to Iraq Today for this

January 25, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Iraq, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | Leave a comment