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August 13, 2011

American kidnapped from his house in Pakistan

Gunmen abducted the American, identified by the U.S. Embassy as Warren Weinstein, in Lahore, Pakistan, on Saturday. The kidnapping is a reminder of the risk foreigners, and especially Americans, face in a country dealing with Islamic militants.

Pakistani policemen stand guard outside the house of a U.S. national after armed men kidnapped him in Lahore. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images / August 13, 2011)

By Alex Rodriguez and Nasir Khan, Los Angeles Times

August 13, 2011, 7:59 a.m.

Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan— Gunmen kidnapped an American from his house in the eastern city of Lahore on Saturday, carrying out an attack that underscores the risk that U.S. citizens and other foreigners face in a country that has been grappling with Islamic militants for years.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman identified the man as Warren Weinstein, but would not give any further details about his background or the abduction. The name matches the LinkedIn profile of a man who works as the Pakistan country director for J.E. Austin Associates, a consultant for development projects in Pakistan and a host of other countries. According to the company’s website, the firm often works with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. government’s primary international aid organization.

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