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Thursday 19 July 2018

US worker kidnapped in Pakistan

An American citizen was kidnapped from his home in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore today.

Police identified the man as 'J E Warner', who they said was working on a development project in the country's lawless tribal areas, where Pakistani troops have been battling Islamist insurgents for years.

"Some six to eight people broke into his house at around 3.30 am," police official Tajamal Hussain said.

"Two of the assailants came from the front gate while about six others used the back door. They tortured the security guards and then took the American with them."

Mr Hussain said Warner, in his 60s, had been living in Pakistan for five to six years. He mostly lived in Islamabad but had been travelling to Lahore.



Volatile

Kidnap for ransom is relatively common in Pakistan, though foreigners are not often targets. Militants also occasionally take foreigners hostage.

Pakistani Taliban, linked to al-Qa'ida, have claimed responsibility for kidnapping a Swiss couple in July in the volatile southwestern province of Baluchistan.

Anti-US sentiment runs high in Pakistan, and already prickly ties between Islamabad and Washington hit a low point after the May 2 killing of al-Qa'ida chief Osama bin Laden.

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