Bin Laden ‘hunter’ arrested

An American man has been detained
in the mountains of Pakistan after local authorities found him carrying a
sword, pistol and night-vision goggles on a Rambo-style solo mission to hunt
down and kill Osama bin Laden.

Friends and family say construction
worker Gary Brooks Faulkner is a devout, good-humoured Christian who often
talked about building a porch or framing a house _ not taking down the world’s
most-wanted terrorist. They had few clues to explain his 7,300-mile journey.

The 51-year-old Faulkner, who has a
lengthy arrest record and served time in a Colorado prison, arrived in the town
of Bumburate on 3 June and stayed in a hotel there.  He was assigned a police guard, as is common
for foreigners visiting remote parts of Pakistan. When he checked out without informing
police, officers began looking for him, according to the top police officer in
the Chitral region, Mumtaz Ahmad Khan.

He said Faulkner was found late
Sunday in a forest.

“We initially laughed when he
told us that he wanted to kill Osama bin Laden,” Khan said. But when
officers seized the weapons and night-vision equipment, “our suspicion
grew.” He said the American was trying to cross into the nearby Afghan
region of Nuristan.

Chitral and Nuristan are among
several rumoured hiding places for bin Laden along the mountainous border
between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Faulkner was questioned by
intelligence officials in Peshawar, the main north-western city. He has not
been charged with any wrongdoing.

Khan said Faulkner told
investigators he was angry after the 11 September attacks in the United States.

“I think Osama is responsible
for bloodshed in the world, and I want to kill him,” Khan quoted him as
saying.

When asked why he thought he had a
chance of tracing bin Laden, Faulkner replied, “God is with me, and I am
confident I will be successful in killing him,” Khan said.

He said police confiscated a small
amount of hashish, enough for a single joint.

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