On July 17, Qamar Gul, a teenager from a village in the central Afghan province of Ghor exacted instant revenge for her family against terrorists
Gul killed Taliban fighters who just gunned down her father – the village chief and known govt supporter, alongside his wife in front of their home
Photo of the teen, aged between 14 end 16, cradling her rifle has gone viral on social media, garnering praise for her courage
After the terrorists killed her parents, the 14-year-old emerged from the house with her family’s AK-47 and opened fire, killing the three insurgents including the two who had just killed her parents, injuring several others
Qamar then held off Taliban fighters alongside her 12-year-old brother, Habibullah, in a one-hour gun battle until help arrived
When Taliban reinforcements arrived, some villagers and pro-government militia men helped to repel them after a gunfight
The incident happened last week when insurgents stormed the home in a village in the central province of Ghor where the teenager, Qamar Gul was living with her parents and brother
Ghazni is a small village in the central province of Ghor
Gul’s father was a government supporter, which is why the Taliban fighters went to his house and dragged him out. When his wife refused to let them in the Taliban fighters killed the couple outside their home, local police chief Habiburahman Malekzada said. ‘Qamar Gul, who was inside the house, took an AK-47 gun the family had and first shot dead three insurgents, including the two Taliban fighters who killed her parents, and then injured a few others,’ he said. Gul is aged between 14 and 16, according to different officials. It is common for many Afghans to not know their precise age.
Several other Taliban fighters later came to attack her house, but some villagers and pro-government militiamen repelled them after a gunfight.
Afghan security forces have now taken Gul and her younger brother to a safer place, said Mohamed Aref Aber, spokesman to the provincial governor.
Officials said the fighters, who were looking for Gul’s father, knocked on the door at 1am on 17 July.
“The insurgents came to their doorstep and her mother went to see who was knocking,” said Mohamed Aref Aber, a spokesman for the provincial governor. “When she saw that they were armed, she refused to open the door.”
The teen’s mother was immediately shot dead by the attackers, who then entered the house and shot at her father.