Detained American was on hunt for bin Laden

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 16, 2010 07:24

 
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani authorities said Tuesday that they had detained an American hunter in the lawless wilds along the Afghan border. His prey: Osama bin Laden.

Police said they found Californian Gary Faulkner, 51, in a remote forest Monday, after he went missing from his tourist hotel in a scenic valley just across the border from Afghanistan's eastern Nurestan province. He was equipped with a 40-inch sword, a Chinese-made pistol, a dagger and night-vision goggles, officials said, and he claimed that he was on a mission to kill.

"He told police that he came here for killing Osama and to encourage US-led NATO forces in their fight against al-Qaida fighters," said Malik Naveed, police chief of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where Faulkner was captured.

A top police official in the region where Faulkner was found told the Associated Press that the American — identified as a construction worker — wanted to avenge those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The official said Faulkner also toted a book of Christian verses and a small amount of hashish, according to AP.

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