Police: US citizen kidnapped in Pakistan

By REUTERS
August 13, 2011 16:50

LAHORE, Pakistan - An American citizen was kidnapped from his residence in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Saturday, police said.

Western media, quoting the US embassy, identified the man as Warren Weinstein who works for the consulting firm J.E. Austin Associates Inc. He was working on a development project in the lawless tribal areas, where Pakistani troops have been battling Islamist insurgents for years.

"Six to eight people broke into his house at around 3:30 a.m., when security guards on duty were making preparation for fasting," police official Tajamal Hussain told Reuters, referring to the Ramadan fast observed by Muslims. "Two of the assailants came from the front gate while about six others used the back door. They tortured the guards and then took the American with them." A security official familiar with the incident said the gunmen forced the man's driver to knock on his bedroom door. When the man opened it, they took him.

Hussain said the victim, in his 60s, had been living in Pakistan for five to six years. He mostly lived in Islamabad but had been traveling to Lahore.


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