American kidnap case: Pak police to issue sketches
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 21:06
Lahore: Pakistani police on Tuesday said they would issue sketches of suspects involved in the kidnapping of a US aid expert here even as officials considered the possibility of conducting a joint probe with the FBI.

"We are going to issue sketches of one or two of the kidnappers that may help us get a clue about them," Deputy Inspector General (Investigation) Ali Amir Malik told a news conference.

American aid expert Warren Weinstein was kidnapped at gunpoint from his residence here on August 13.

Malik acknowledged that there had been no breakthrough so far in the case.

He said it would be premature to say that Weinstein was kidnapped by a terrorist group.

Three security guards and the driver of the kidnapped man would remain in police custody for investigation, Malik said.

"Since Weinstein was not a high-profile person we are looking at other aspects of the case as well," he said without giving details.

Sketches were being prepared of one or two of the kidnappers as most of the suspects involved in the incident were reportedly wearing masks.

The driver, Muhammad Israr, reportedly knew the code of the special lock on the door of Weinstein's bedroom, police officials said.

A source told PTI that the guards and the driver could have been directly or indirectly involved in the abduction.


First Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 21:06

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