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Investigators fear the worst for US national abducted in Pak amid 'head injury' reports

Lahore, Wed, 17 Aug 2011 ANI

Lahore, August 17(ANI): Three days after US national Warren Weinstein was abducted from his home in Lahore, investigators fear the worst for the 63-year-old American 'aid expert' amid no claims of responsibility and no calls for ransom.


While the kidnappers were trying to abduct him, Weinstein put up resistance and received a severe head injury, The Express Tribune quoted intelligence sources, as saying.


According to sources, Weinstein's driver, Israr, informed the investigators that his employer had received a severe head injury when one of the kidnappers hit him with his pistol, leaving the victim bleeding and unconscious.


Given his age, investigators said, his head injury might have caused his death since his abductors would not risk taking him to a hospital for fear of arrest.


The head injury account was corroborated by investigators who visited the crime scene and said there was a trail of blood from his living room on the upper floor to the stairs leading to the ground floor of the house.


The kidnappers appeared well-trained, since they searched Weinstein's body to ensure there were no embedded chips that could help investigators track him, the investigators added.


An investigator, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that no demands for ransom or claims of responsibility by the kidnappers support the fear that Weinstein may be dead.


No worthwhile information has been retrieved from the guards and the driver, but the police are preparing the abductors' sketches from the information given by them, said DIG Investigation Ali Aamir Malik. (ANI)


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