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

(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.