American kidnapped in Pakistan: How it happened

A Pakistani rides past the house of kidnapped American development expert Warren Weinstein in Lahore, Pakistan, on Aug. 14, 2011.
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Updated at 3:09 p.m. ET

A team of eight young, fit men who dressed in western clothes -- some even used surgical masks to conceal their faces -- carried out a coordinated plan to breach the security of an American aid contractor's Pakistani compound when they kidnapped him during the weekend, a law enforcement source told CBS News.

(At left, watch the latest report on the kidnapping)

Enough information has been gathered on Saturday's abduction of contractor Warren Weinstein in Lahore, Pakistan, to establish a timeline of the incident, according to the source. Pakistani officials have questioned a number of people in their investigation but haven't made any progress, CBS News correspondent Seth Doane reports from Kabul. No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction.

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Weinstein is the 70-year-old country director for Virginia-based consulting firm J.E. Austin Associates, which The Associated Press reports has received millions from the U.S. government for its extensive development work in Pakistan. Weinstein had reportedly told his staff just before being abducted that he was planning to finish his work and leave the country Monday. The firm said in a written statement that Weinstein isn't in strong health and listed medications it hopes the kidnappers provide him.

The law enforcement source told CBS News that three men distracted Weinstein's three security guards and driver at the compound's front gate by offering them food for a pre-dawn meal before the day's fasting for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

By the time the guards agreed to open the gate to let the men in, five other men had climbed over the unguarded rear gate and surprised Weinstein's men. The driver even yelled to the men not to shoot.

The hostage-takers, armed with AK-47s and pistols, bound the guards' hands behind their backs, taped their mouths shut and took their cell phones. The driver was bound with his hands in front of him. All were taken into a first-floor office area in Weinstein's residence.

The driver was then taken to the door for Weinstein's top-floor residence. He pressed the doorbell, and Weinstein asked who was there. (The door doesn't have a peephole.) The driver identified himself to Weinstein, who opened the door.

The hostage-takers pushed their way inside through the open door, hitting Weinstein's head with a rifle hard enough to make him bleed. The driver told the men not to beat Weinstein because of his age.

A man used Weinstein's cell phone to call the getaway driver, telling him to be outside the front gate soon. Weinstein was brought downstairs, leaving a blood trail as the laceration on his head continued to bleed. Weinstein was then led out the front door, down the steps and into an unknown vehicle on the street, his own car left parked in the compound's courtyard.

  • Alex Sundby

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