SAR HOWZA, Afghanistan – A wanted mid-level Taliban commander left US and Afghanistan officials scratching their heads when he handed himself in and demanded the $100 reward offered for his capture, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Mohammad Ashan, a Taliban commander in Paktika province suspected of plotting attacks on security forces, was arrested after surrendering last week at a police checkpoint in Sar Howza district, in eastern Afghanistan.
US troops were called in to confirm that Ashan was in fact the man officials were looking for.
"We asked him, 'Is this you?'" said Specialist Matthew Baker, adding that the suspect answered, "Yes, yes, that's me! Can I get my award now?"
A biometric scan confirmed that Ashan was who he said he was -- and he was promptly detained, presumably without his money.
"This guy is the Taliban equivalent of the 'Home Alone' burglars," a US official told the Post, referring to the bungling crooks in the 1990 comedy movie.