Pakistani authorities have detained a U.S. national trying to cross into Afghanistan to hunt the elusive al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, police said on Tuesday.
Gary Brooks Faulkner, 52, who comes from California, told officials that he was heading for the Afghan province of Nooristan on a mission to decapitate Osama bin Laden and his four accomplices.
Police recovered a 1-metre sword, a dagger, a pistol and night-vision goggles from Faulkner, who has no connection to any U.S. law enforcement agencies, said Mumtaz Ahmad, the district’s top police investigator. Faulkner, a kidney patient, arrived in Chitral district, 270 kilometres north of Islamabad, on June 3 and went missing from his hotel room on Sunday night. He was later found by police in the district’s Kalash valley, Ahmad said.
“He told us that the terrorists had harmed Americans and he himself wanted to search for and kill Osama,” Ahmad said. “He is just a tourist who is not associated with any U.S. agency. Possibly he only wants revenge for the 9/11 attacks.”
The detainee was being moved to Peshawar, the capital of the north-western province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, for further questioning in connection with the attempted illegal border crossing.
The self-styled “Rambo” who has not been formally charged, has visited Pakistan seven times and Chitral three times.