Saturday, August 13, 2011

American abducted in Pakistan city of Lahore - 13th Aug 2011

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An American citizen has been abducted by gunmen from his house in the Pakistani city of Lahore, police say.

The US embassy confirmed the abduction but has not identified the man.

Reuters news agency quoted police as saying the man had been in Pakistan for at least five years, working for the firm JE Austin on development in tribal areas.

The abduction of Pakistanis for ransom is common and a few foreigners have been targeted by militant groups.

Strained relations

Police said about eight kidnappers attacked the house before dawn on Saturday.

One report said the American man's driver was forced to open the door, another that the security guards were tricked into opening the door by men with food offerings for the fasting month of Ramadan.

The American reportedly lived mainly in Islamabad but travelled to Lahore.

US embassy spokesman Alberto Rodriguez confirmed the abduction to the Associated Press.

No-one has yet said they carried out the kidnapping. Source