American Aid Worker Kidnapped in Pakistan

An American citizen working on an aid development project was kidnapped from his home in Pakistan.

Warren Weinstein, 70, who has been identified as Jewish, was snatched from his home in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore early Saturday, according to news service reports.

Weinstein was working as the Pakistan country director for J.E. Austin Associates, a development contractor, on a project sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Shortly before his abduction, he had announced that he intended to return to the United States on Monday after successfully completing the project.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping nor asked for a ransom; kidnapping for ransom is common in Pakistan.

Lahore police told Reuters that they have detained several people for questioning, including the guards posted at the house, who allegedly were overpowered by the armed assailants.

This story "American Aid Worker Kidnapped in Pakistan" was written by JTA.


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