Arrest: Faulkner was found in woods in Chitral, Pakistan, over the border from Bin Laden's rumoured hiding place in Afghanistan
I'll go do the job myself!!
An American armed with a pistol, a dagger and a 40-inch sword claimed he was on a solo mission to kill Osama Bin Laden after being arrested in Pakistan.
Gary Faulkner, 52, told intelligence officers he intended to track down the fugitive Al Qaeda and decapitate him.
The Californian builder was picked up in a forest in the northern Chitral region late on Sunday.
Police also found he was carrying night vision goggles and a book containing Christian verse and teachings.
'We initially laughed when he told us that he wanted to kill Osama bin Laden,' Officer Mumtaz Ahmad Khan said.
But he added that, when officers seized the pistol, the 40in sword and night vision equipment, 'our suspicion grew'.
Mr Khan said police had asked Faulkner why he believed he had a chance of tracing Bin Laden.
'He said "God is with me, and I am confident I will be successful in killing him,"' he added.
Self-styled Rambo Faulkner had entered Chitral as a tourist on June 3 and was assigned a police minder, a common practice for foreigners visiting remote parts of Pakistan.
Chitral is a remote region of woods and mountains
But he gave him the slip and vanished into a densely wooded area. Police launched a hunt for him, finally locating him after a 10 hour search.
He is now being questioned in Peshawar, the main north-western city.
Faulkner told police he had visited Pakistan seven times, and this was his third trip to the remote, mountainous region of Chitral.
Police believe the American intended to travel to the eastern Afghan region of Nuristan, just across the border from Chitral.
US Embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire said the mission had received notification from Pakistani officials that an American citizen had been arrested.
He said embassy officials were trying to meet the man and confirm his identity.
Chitral is among several rumoured hiding places for the the Al Qaeda leader, who has evaded a massive effort to capture him since 2001.
Bin Laden is accused of being behind the September 11 attacks on the United States, as well other terrorist acts.
Pakistan police arrest US builder on mission to kill Osama Bin Laden | Mail Online