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Armed US 'Bin Laden hunter' is back home

Gary Faulkner arrives in the US
Image caption Mr Faulkner was given a rapturous reception on returning home

An American man who was arrested in Pakistan while on a solo mission to "hunt down Osama Bin Laden" is back in the United States.

Gary Brooks Faulkner arrived at Los Angeles airport on Wednesday. He said he would not give up on his mission.

He was detained in the mountains of Chitral district, north of Peshawar city, 10 days ago.

He was carrying a pistol, dagger, sword, night-vision equipment and Christian literature.

"I would describe the situation, like: I got dialysis. So anyone got a kidney they want to lend me so I can finish this up," the Associated Press news agency quoted Mr Faulkner as saying.

"This is not about me. What this is about is the American people and the world. We can't let people like this scare us.

"We don't get scared by people like this, we scare them and that's what this is about. We're going to take care of this business."

Mr Faulkner - an unemployed construction worker dubbed "the American Ninja" was stopped near the Pakistani border with Afghanistan's Nuristan province, a known Taliban stronghold.

He told investigators after his arrest that he was on a solo mission to kill Osama Bin Laden who is thought to be hiding in the mountainous area.

The al-Qaeda leader is the world's most-wanted man, with the US offering a reward of up to $25m (£17m) for information leading to his capture.

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