Mohammad Ashan, a “mid-level commander” in Paktika, Afghanistan brought a poster with his name on it to the police and demanded the $100 reward for turning himself in. He was immediately arrested:
Ashan is suspected of plotting at least two attacks on Afghan security forces. His misdeeds prompted officials to plaster the district with hundreds of so-called “Be on the Lookout” posters emblazoned with his name and likeness.
When U.S. troops went to confirm that Ashan had in fact come forward to claim the finder’s fee, they were initially incredulous.
“We asked him, ‘Is this you?’ Mohammad Ashan answered with an incredible amount of enthusiasm, ‘Yes, yes, that’s me! Can I get my award now?’” recalled SPC Matthew Baker.
At least the army had a good laugh with this guy:
“This guy is the Taliban equivalent of the Home Alone burglars,” troops told the Washington Post.
“Clearly,” another U.S. official said, “the man is an imbecile.”