Gary Brooks Faulkner, a California construction worker, was detained in Pakistan carrying a sword, a pistol, and night vision goggles. He was hunting for Osama bin Laden near Chitral, Pakistan. Was Faulkner on the right track?
The 52-year-old California construction worker arrived in the picturesque mountain border province of Chitral, which borders the Taliban stronghold of Nuristan in Afghanistan, on June 3, accompanied by a security guard that is mandatory for foreigners entering the area, Pakistani police said.
After hotel security guards noticed he had vanished on Sunday night, a search party was dispatched. After a 10-hour manhunt they found Faulker some 14 kilometers (9 miles) from the Afghan border, according to police official Mumtaz Ahmad Khan.
Faulkner was also carrying night vision goggles and a dagger to go along with his sword. He has since been shifted to police custody in Peshawar, capital of the Khyber Pakthunkwa province.
US bloggers have latched on to his story, calling Faulkner an "American ninja" and a "Christian warrior."
Richard Snelsire, a US embassy spokesman, says that the US consulate in Peshawar is aware that a US citizen has been detained and is seeking consular access.
While Faulkner's one-man mission to hunt down bin Laden may be improbable, Chitral has long been suspected as a possible hideout for bin Laden.