US vigilante arrested hunting Bin Laden in Pakistan

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The Independent Online

An American armed with a pistol and a 40-inch sword was detained in northern Pakistan and told investigators he was on a solo mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

Gary Brooks Faulkner, a 52-year-old Californian construction worker, said he wanted to go to a nearby Afghan province because he had "heard Bin Laden was living there".

"We initially laughed when he told us that he wanted to kill Osama bin Laden," said officer Mumtaz Ahmad Khan. But he said that when officers found the pistol, the sword, a dagger and night-vision equipment, "our suspicion grew".

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