Monday, November 29, 1999

Pak Scan

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US Embassy officials meet Osama hunterUS Embassy officials on Thursday met with an American construction worker detained in Pakistan on Sunday while on a solo mission to kill Osama bin Laden. Gary Brooks Faulkner claims he set off for Pakistan after God appeared to him in a dream and ordered him to kill Osama to avenge the September 11 attacks, said security officials. US Embassy officials were able to meet with Faulkner in Islamabad on Thursday, said spokesman Richard Snelsire. He declined to provide details about his condition or potential release, citing privacy concerns.Taliban carry out public execution in WaziristanThe Taliban shot dead an alleged murderer before a large gathering in North Waziristan, the second such public execution this month in northwest Pakistan. Waheed Khan, a 28-year-old resident of North Waziristan, was killed before a crowd of 200 people in Datta Khel on Wednesday for allegedly killing a tribesman on June 12. "They fired three bullets in his chest," an eyewitness was quoted as saying by the Daily Times newspaper. On June 8, a tribesman accused of killing two brothers was executed on the orders of the Taliban in Miranshah.

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