Mohammad Ashan, Taliban commander, turns self in, asks for own reward

Accused of plotting attacks against Afghan officials, Ashan turned himself in, then demanted the $100 reward for his capture. (Photo: Wanted poster)

The "improbable stupidity" of an Afghan Taliban leader led to his capture last week, the Washington Post reports.

The Post says that Mohammad Ashan, a mid-level Taliban commander in the eastern part of Afghanistan, was wanted for allegedly plotting two attacks on local Afghan forces. His face then turned up on wanted posters throughout the area.

Imagine the surprise of Afghan officials when Ashan approached them, holding the poster bearing his likeness and demanding the $100 reward advertised for his capture.

“We asked him, ‘Is this you?’," Army Spc. Matthew Baker told the Post. "Mohammad Ashan answered with an incredible amount of enthusiasm, ‘Yes, yes, that’s me! Can I get my award now?’”

Ashan, unsurprisingly, was quickly arrested.

He was not given the $100 reward.