Pakistani authorities apprehend United States guy Gary Brooks Faulkner who was discovered with packed handgun and sword near Afghan border
Police stated they apprehended Gary Brooks Faulkner, a building and construction employee from California, as he tried to cross the border with Afghanistan in Chitral district.
“He informed the examining officer he was going to Afghanistan to obtain Osama. Initially we believed he was psychologically psychopathic,” stated Muhammad Jaffar Khan, the Chitral authorities chief.
But when cops understood he was bring a packed handgun, a 40in sword and night-vision safety glasses, Khan stated, “we understood he was severe”.
Faulkner’s age and background were unclear. Khan stated he was born in 1969 however some reports put his age at 52.
A United States embassy representative validated that a United States person had actually been nabbed and would be checked out by a consular authorities. He decreased to comment even more, mentioning personal privacy laws.
Faulkner got here in Chitral on 2 June and took a trip to the Kalash Valley, a remote enclave of non-Muslim tribal individuals that joins the Afghan province of Nuristan.
The American checked out a little hotel in Bumburet Valley and was designated an authorities escort. Regional authorities have actually fidgeted given that a Greek advancement employee, Athanasius Lerounis, was abducted by Taliban militants last September.
Lerounis, who was kept in Afghanistan, was launched unscathed after 8 months. The American was actively looking for Islamist militants.
He went missing on Sunday night and escaped from his guard and headed to an exemption location around the Afghan border, which is mostly unmanned and unmarked.
“We needed to stop him for his own security. Immigrants are not enabled to check out that location,” stated Khan, the authorities chief.
He at first withstood arrest, threatening to fire on cops, and later on informed interrogators he was going to Nuristan “to behead Osama bin Laden”, Dawn paper reported.
Khan, the authorities chief, stated Faulkner had actually checked out Pakistan 7 times formerly, 3 of them to Chitral and constantly as a traveler. He had actually bought the handgun throughout a previous journey. “He needs to have concealed it someplace,” he stated.
The American was likewise bring a book including Christian verses and mentors. Asked how he believed he would track Bin Laden in such a remote location, he informed one officer: “God is with me, and I am positive I will succeed in eliminating him.”
Bin Laden watchers have actually periodically recognized Chitral, a peaceful mountainous district at the northern end of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (previously North-West Frontier Province), as a possible hiding location for the al-Qaida leader.
Chitral covers a sprawl of sweeping, snow-sprinkled peaks that lead to K2, among the world’s most hazardous mountains. Residents state it would be practically difficult for the Saudi militant to stay unnoticed in Chitral since extremist militants have little assistance in the location.
Faulkner has actually been required to Peshawar for questioning by Pakistani intelligence. , if the authorities do not push charges he is most likely to be deported..
A western diplomat in Islamabad explained the occurrence as “another crazy story from the frontier”.