American ninja released from Pakistan

Published: June 24, 2010
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Gary Brooks Faulkner is pictured in these booking photos by the Larimer County Sheriff's Office in Port Collins, Colorado. PHOTO: REUTERS

Gary Brooks Faulkner is pictured in these booking photos by the Larimer County Sheriff's Office in Port Collins, Colorado. PHOTO: REUTERS

CHITRAL: An American man on a mission to capture Osama bin Laden has abandoned his goal and is all set to go home.

Colorado-based construction worker Gary Faulkner was detained in Pakistan for trying to track down and kill Osama Bin Laden has been freed and will return to the United States later Wednesday, his family told local media.

He was released by authorities in Pakistan late on Tuesday before flying home to the United States via Dubai, a relative told ABC7 News in Denver.

“They got the news late yesterday that he was coming in. So, they’re really looking forward to seeing Gary. It’s been a while,” Faulkner’s brother-in-law John Martin was quoted as saying on the network’s website.

Dubbed as ‘Rambo’, Faulkner was arrested on June 13th trying to enter Afghanistan from the mountainous region of northern Pakistan.

Armed with a pistol, sword, night vision goggles and a map, Gary was out to get Osama. Upon arrest, the 51-year-old told police he was planning to avenge the victims of 9/11.

The construction worker claims God prompted him in a dream to travel to Pakistan and murder bin Laden.

Long haired and bearded, a Christian believer but suffering from health problems, Faulkner dubbed “the American Ninja” was on a solo mission to track down and kill al Qaeda figurehead bin Laden, his family has said.

Brother Scott Faulkner told CNN that Gary Faulkner had been motivated to hunt bin Laden out of a desire to avenge the September 11, 2001 attacks and a belief in God, saying he was not crazy, psychotic or schizophrenic. His brother said Gary has been treated well during his detention in Pakistan.

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  • Zainab Ali
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:54PM

    This is absurd; this person might have been suffering from a serious mental illness and perhaps that’s why he went on such a mission. The US authorities must also keep a close eye on such persons, because anyone who might prove to be more dangerous than this guy can enter another country.Recommend

  • Jun 24, 2010 - 4:29PM

    BYE BYE Mr. Ninja :D. I am sure you could have find Bin laden if u had spent that much time in US :DRecommend

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