Four arrested in kidnapping of foreign aid workers: Police

Police in Kot Addu have arrested four people in connection with last week's kidnapping of two foreign aid workers.

Reuters January 23, 2012

MULTAN: Police in Kot Addu have arrested four people in connection with last week's kidnapping of two foreign aid workers, local police officials told Reuters on Monday.             

Gunmen stormed the workers' residence on Janury 23 in the town located in Punjab and drove away with the two aid workers - an Italian national, and another police believe to be a German national.

The provincial police chief said that the aid workers, who were working on a project in southern Punjab, are being held for ransom.

"That is all we can confirm, that they were abducted for ransom. At the moment, we cannot provide any more details or say anything about who is behind it," Javed Iqbal told reporters in Lahore.

Criminal gangs often target foreign aid workers in hope of securing large ransoms for their release. Officials say militant groups such as the Taliban are also involved in kidnappings.

Gunmen kidnapped a British doctor, working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in Quetta on January 5.

American aid worker Warren Weinstein was kidnapped from Lahore in August last year. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for Weinstein's abduction in December.

In July, a Swiss couple was kidnapped from Balochistan by the Pakistani Taliban.


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Faisal Akram | 9 years ago | Reply

3 people are under custody of police since the day foreigners have been kidnapped......who have been working there as guards....two at office.... one at rest house and one at the colony and they were never arrested...they are held by police only for investigations....fake reporting by by least reuters should not distort the facts.......

Reuters must learn that they are the key eye witnesses of the incident and police have been giving them protection.......there is no official arrest....

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