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US officials meet with American hunting bin Laden

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The U.S. Embassy says consular officials have met with an American detained in Pakistan while on a solo mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

An Embassy spokesman says officials met with Gary Brooks Faulkner today in Islamabad, but the official wouldn't give any more details.

Police detained Faulkner on Sunday in a forest in northern Pakistan. Officials said he was carrying several weapons, including a pistol and a sword, and had night-vision equipment.

They said Faulkner was trying to cross into the nearby Afghan region of Nuristan, one of several rumored hiding places for the al-Qaida leader along the rugged Afghan-Pakistan border.

Faulkner's family also says he has kidney problems and needs dialysis.

Scott Faulkner calls catching bin Laden his brother's passion. He says his brother sold all his tools to finance the trip and was prepared to die in Pakistan.


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