Calif. Man Hunts bin Laden, Armed With Pistol, Sword

Pakistan authorities arrest American found wandering in forest
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Sauerkraut
Posted Jun 15, 2010 5:14 AM CDT
Updated Jun 15, 2010 6:00 AM CDT
A file photo of Gary Brooks Faulkner.   (AP Photo/Larimer County Sheriff's Office)
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(Newser) – Pakistan has arrested an American citizen who says he was on a mission to claim Osama bin Laden's head. Gary Brooks Faulkner, a 52-year-old construction worker from California, was found in a forest near the Afghanistan border with a pistol, a dagger, and a 40-inch sword, as well as Christian literature, the AP reports.

A police spokesman said that when asked why he thought he would be able to track down the al-Qaeda leader, Faulkner responded "God is with me, and I am confident I will be successful in killing him." Faulkner, like many foreigners visiting remote areas of Pakistan, was assigned a police minder when he arrived in the Chitral region. Police began searching for him after he gave the minder the slip and vanished into a wooded area.

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