Osama hunter dying of kidney failure

The American construction worker who went to Pakistan to kill Osama Bin Laden is reportedly suffering from kidney problems, a malady he shares with the al-Qaeda chief.

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2010, 21:09 PM IST

New York: The American construction
worker who went to Pakistan to kill Osama Bin Laden is
reportedly suffering from kidney problems, a malady he shares
with the al-Qaeda chief.

Gary Brooks Faulkner "is dying," his sister, Deanna
Faulkner said Tuesday, according to the NY Daily News.
"He only has 9 per cent kidney function, and the only
thing that can cure him is a transplant."

"He needs dialysis three times a week. I`m guessing
that he wanted to do one last thing for his country before he
died," she added.

The 50-year-old Californian who lived in Colorado was
apprehended in Chitral district of northwest Pakistan after
police found a pistol and a sword in his possession.

"He is highly intelligent and loves his country and he
has not forgotten what Osama has done to this country," Scott
Faulkner, a 44-year-old doctor, told CNN.

Faulkner`s sister also said that he was not after the
USD 50 million reward the US has offered for bin Laden`s
capture or killing.
"My brother is extremely religious since his troubled
youth," she said. "He`s not crazy."

Faulkner, a Californian was picked up by the police
from Shekhanandeh village, in Chitral district as he was about
to cross the border into Nuristan, in Afghanistan, police
official Ayub Rehmat Salahuddin said.

According to US intelligence reports bin Laden along
with his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri is reported to be hiding in
caves in Chitral or Nuristan.

Police initially took his claim of being on a mission
to hunt down bin Laden as a joke, but later shifted him to
Peshawar for detailed questioning.

Police said Faulkner was visiting the Chitral region
as a tourist and was staying at a hotel at Bumborate in Kalash
valley. The American national entered the region on June 12
and disappeared from his hotel the next day.

Police launched a search for him and sealed areas
bordering Afghanistan and later arrested him.

He told police that he had visited Pakistan seven
times and this was his third trip to Chitral.

This is first time that an American citizen has been
arrested in the Chitral region, officials said.
‘Laden hunter on mission from God: Pak’

An American construction worker
detained in Pakistan while on a solo mission to kill Osama bin
Laden claimed today that he was obeying an order from God to
avenge the Sept 11, 2001, attacks, said Pakistani security
officials.

Gary Brooks Faulkner said God revealed the order in one
of his dreams, prompting him to travel to Pakistan in search
of al-Qaida`s leader, said two security officials, one of whom
is part of a team of investigators questioning the American.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were
not authorised to talk to the media.

Catching bin Laden was 50-year-old Faulkner`s passion,
his brother Scott Faulkner said. A devout Christian with a
prison record, Faulkner has been to Pakistan at least six
times, learnt some of the local language, and even grew a long
beard to blend in, relatives and acquaintances said.

"Our military has not been able to track Osama down yet.
It`s been 10 years," Scott Faulkner told reporters in Denver.

"It`s easier as a civilian, dressed in the local dress, to
infiltrate the inside, the local people, gain their confidence
and get information and intel that you couldn`t get as an
American soldier, Navy SEAL, whoever you might be."

Gary Faulkner, of Greeley, Colorado, arrived June 3 in
the town of Bumburate. He was assigned a police guard, as is
common for foreigners visiting remote parts of Pakistan. When
he checked out of a hotel without informing the guard,
officers began looking for him, senior police official Mumtaz
Ahmad Khan said.

PTI