A misguided Taliban
commander handed himself into Afghan police in an attempt to claim the
$100 reward being offered for his capture.
Mohammad Ashan, a mid-level commander wanted for his role in at least
two attacks on security forces, approached police at a checkpoint in
Paktika province with his wanted poster in hand.
Pointing to his picture on the poster, Ashan demanded he be paid the reward money, the Washington Post reports.
Stunned American forces, who came to confirm the insurgent's identity,
said Ashan was keen to confirm his identity and pocket the money.
When asked if the picture on the poster was him, Ashan replied, "Yes,
yes, that's me! Can I get my award now?" Specialist Matthew Baker told
The American troops confirmed Ashan’s identity with a biometric scan.
While happy he was in custody, US officials couldn't help but take a swipe at the prisoner's questionable intelligence.
One called Ashan "the Taliban equivalent of the Home Alone burglars", while another simply said "the man is an imbecile".
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