Ashan, a mid-level Taliban commander in east Afghanistan, walked up to a police checkpoint last week, pointed to the wanted poster featuring his face, and asked for the $100 finder's fee noted on the poster, aaccording to Newser.
Ashan is suspected of plotting attacks on Afghan security forces, so the fact that he turned himself in shocked Specialist Matthew Baker.
"We asked him, 'Is this you?'" Baker told the Washington Post. "Mohammad Ashan answered with an incredible amount of enthusiasm, 'Yes, yes, that’s me! Can I get my award now?'"
It didn't work out as he expected: Instead of receiving the money, New Yorkmagazine reports that the soldiers arrested him instead.
Even worse, they are making him the butt of jokes, such as the official who called Ashan "the Taliban equivalent of the 'Home Alone' burglars,” while another simply told the Washington Post, "Clearly, this man is an imbecile."
Since it seemed improbable that a man could be as stupid as Ashan, officials took a biometric scan and were amazed to discover the man in custody was actually the alleged terrorist himself, Newser reported.