Masked gunmen on Sunday kidnapped a senior local government official in a troubled tribal area in northwest Pakistan where Taliban militants are active, police said. The gunmen intercepted the heavily guarded convoy of Aamir Latif, an official in South Waziristan, as he was travelling from the area's main town Wana to nearby Tank, local police officer Fazlur Rehman said. After convincing Latif to exit his vehicle, the kidnappers bundled him into their car and sped off, under the noses of two dozen tribal police guards, Rehman said.