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US embassy seeks access to arrested Laden hunter

The US embassy has formally sought access to an American construction worker arrested by security forces in northwest Paksitan while on a mission to sneak into Afghanistan to hunt and kill Al Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.



Peshawar: The US embassy has formally
sought access to an American construction worker arrested by
security forces in northwest Paksitan while on a mission to
sneak into Afghanistan to hunt and kill Al Qaida chief Osama
bin Laden.

The US embassy has filed an application seeking access
to 52-year-old Gary Brooks Faulkner, an investigator said on
condition of anonymity.
No US officials have met the Californian so far, he
said.

Officials from the US embassy in Islamabad arrived in
Peshawar today to meet Faulkner once consular access in
granted.

Faulkner was arrested in a forest in Chitral district
of Khyber-Pukthunkhwa province on Monday.

A pistol, a dagger, night vision goggles, some hashish
and Christian literature were found in his possession. Police
said he was trying to sneak into Nuristan province of
Afghanistan to hunt and kill Osama Bin Laden.

The American national is currently in the custody of
an intelligence agency in Peshawar and is being interrogated
though he has not yet been formally charged with any crime.
Investigators believe Faulkner is not crazy and may
have some "undercover agenda".

The area from where he was apprehended is not safe for
foreigners.

It has very difficult terrain and Faulkner`s presence
there was beyond any reason, an investigator said.

Security officials have said that Faulkner claimed he
was "obeying an order from God to avenge" the 9/11 terror
attacks by killing bin Laden.

Faulkner`s brother Scott Faulkner said he had a
passion for tracking down the Al Qaida chief.

"Our military has not been able to track Osama down
yet. It`s been 10 years...It`s easier as a civilian, dressed
in the local dress, to infiltrate the...the local people, gain
their confidence and get information and (intelligence) that
you couldn`t get as an American soldier...," Scott Faulkner
was quoted as saying by the US media.

Faulkner has visited Pakistan at least six times and
even grew a beard so he could blend in, his relatives said.

Though a devout Christian, Faulkner has served about
seven years in prison during 1981-1993 for crimes like
burglary.

Faulkner`s sister Deanna said he suffers from kidney
disease and could be in "serious trouble" if he did not get
dialysis.

A Pakistani doctor has examined Faulkner and concluded
that his condition is not life-threatening.

PTI

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