Twelve heavily armed suspected Taliban militants barged into the residence of an American national and kidnapped him in the wee hours today after overpowering his guards in Pakistan”s Punjab provincial capital.
About a dozen armed men entered the house of Warren Weinstein in Block J of Model Town neighbourhood at 3:30 am and took him away after overpowering his four guards, police spokesman Niyab Haider Naqvi told PTI.
The kidnappers bundled Weinstein into a vehicle and took him to an unknown location, Naqvi said.
Other officials, who did not want to be identified, said they suspected the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan was behind the abduction.
US Embassy spokesman Alberto Rodriguez confirmed that an American citizen had been kidnapped but declined to identify him.
“He was working for a private company. We are working with Pakistani authorities on the issue,” Rodriguez said.
Security guards at the American”s residence were preparing for ”sehri”, the pre-dawn meal in the Islamic holy month of Ramzan, when the kidnappers struck.
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