Incident Summary:

08/13/2011: On Saturday morning, in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, eight unidentified, armed militants kidnapped Warren Weinstein, a 70-year-old American employed by the JE Austin Associates Inc., from his residence after overpowering his three body guards. In December 2011, al Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri released an audio recording claiming responsibility for the kidnapping and stating that Weinstein would be released if a number of demands were met, including the release of prisoners and an end to bombing in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Gaza. In May and September 2012, al Qaida released videos of Weinstein asking authorities to negotiate his release. In August 2014 al Qaida released another statement encouraging Weinstein's family to pressure the US government to negotiate for his release. In January 2015 an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan sentenced convicted kidnapper Hafiz Imran to death. Weinstein was accidentally killed in a United States air strike on January 14, 2015.




South Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity JE Austin Associates
Specific Description Warren Weinstein, aid worker
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 1
Days of Kidnapping 1250
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unspecified firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 8
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
NBC News, “Americans Warren Weinstein and Adam Gadahn Killed in U.S. Drone Strikes," April 23, 2015., "Al Qaeda leader claims responsibility for capture of American," December 1, 2011.
The Washington Post, "Video shows Md. man kidnapped by al-Qaeda," September 14, 2012.