Apr 18 2012
AFGHANISTAN: A wanted Taliban Commander turns himself in to police, then demands $100 reward being offered for his capture.
NINE MSN News (H/T Craig C) 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.
Afghan officials, perplexed by the man’s misguided motives, arrested him on the spot. His misdeeds prompted officials to plaster the district with hundreds of so-called “Be on the Lookout” posters emblazoned with his name and likeness.
Stunned American forces, who came to confirm the insurgent’s identity, said Ashan was keen to confirm his identity and pocket the money. The American troops confirmed Ashan’s identity with a biometric scan.
When asked if the picture on the poster was him, Ashan replied answered with an incredible amount of enthusiasm, , “Yes, yes, that’s me! Can I get my award now?”