Taliban Commander Turns Self In, Asks for Reward

Mohammad Ashan is out of luck

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 17, 2012 1:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – Last week, mid-level Taliban commander Mohammad Ashan walked up to a police checkpoint, pointed to the wanted poster featuring his face, and asked for the $100 finder's fee noted on the poster. For some reason, officials arrested him rather than delivering the reward, the Washington Post reports. US troops couldn't believe it at first: "We asked him, 'Is this you?'" says SPC Matthew Baker. "Mohammad Ashan answered with an incredible amount of enthusiasm, 'Yes, yes, that’s me! Can I get my award now?'"

The Post's story is full of other fun quotes: One US official refers to Ashan's "improbable stupidity." "Clearly, the man is an imbecile," says another. Adds a third: "This guy is the Taliban equivalent of the Home Alone burglars." Ashan is suspected of plotting attacks on Afghan security forces, and a biometric scan confirmed the man who turned himself in is, in fact, Ashan.

Mohammad Ashan turned himself in, but didn't get the finder's fee.
Mohammad Ashan turned himself in, but didn't get the finder's fee.   (Shutterstock)
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