US national kidnapped in Pakistan (Lead)

August 13th, 2011 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Aug 13 (IANS) An American was kidnapped Saturday morning from his home in Lahore city by nearly 10 people, a police official said.

Abdul Razaq Cheema, a senior police official, said a group of nearly 10 people forcibly took the US national from his residence at the Model Town area of the city.

Justin Warner, 63, had been living in the area for four or five years, Xinhua reported.

A neighbour said that unidentified men arrived in two vehicles around 4 a.m., entered the house and took the American with them.

The gunmen also beat up a guard.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and there has been no comment from the American embassy and US consulate in Lahore.

A US undercover agent, Raymond Davis, had fatally shot two Pakistanis in Lahore in February, which had caused deep rift in relationship between the intelligence agencies of the two countries.

The ties between Islamabad and Washington were further strained after the May 2 killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad by US commandos.

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