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Afghan teen kills 2 Taliban with AK-47 after they murdered her parents

AK-47s in Jalalabad, Afghanistan (Todd Huffman, Wikimedia Commons/Released)
July 21, 2020

A teenage girl in the central Afghan province of Ghor killed a pair of Taliban militants with an AK-47 rifle after the Taliban members killed her parents.

The Afghan teenager, Qamar Gul, used the AK-47 rifle owned by her family to kill two Taliban fighters who attacked her home and killed her parents for supporting the Afghan government. Habiburahman Malekzada, local police chief, confirmed the incident in comments to Agence France-Presse and later reported by The New York Post.

“Qamar Gul, a young girl and her brother, have killed two Taliban fighters and pushed back several others in Tewri district of Ghor province, after the insurgents killed three members of their family,” the Afghanistan Times tweeted with a photo of Gul and the AK-47 rifle.

Malekzada said a group of Taliban attackers initially came after Gul’s father but killed both her parents outside her home after her mother resisted the Taliban attack. It was then that Gul took action to fight off the Taliban group.

“Qamar Gul, who was inside the house, took an AK-47 gun the family had and first shot dead the two Taliban fighters who killed her parents, and then injured a few others,” Malekzada said.

More Taliban fighters reportedly returned to attack the home, but were repelled by villagers and pro-government militia members.

Gul is reportedly between 14 and 16-years-old. It is reportedly common for people in Afghanistan to not have documentation of their exact age.

Mohamed Aref Aber, a spokesman for the Ghor provincial governor indicated the teenage girl and her younger brother had since been taken to a safer place away from the site of the Taliban attack.

Gul’s photo has been circulating around social media following the news. Social media users have expressed praise for her actions.

“Meet Afghani, #QamarGul the bravest Girl aged around 14 yrs, who killed 2 Taliban fighters & injured many others when the mutineers broke in der house & killed her parents for being government supporters. Gul wid her young brother in wrath shot dem dead from families AK-47 rifle.

“A young girl Qamar Gul killed two Taliban insurgents in Ghor۔Afghanistan.#qamargul#taliban #Braveheart,” a Twitter user tweeted.