Afghan girl kills two Taliban fighters after parents murdered

Ghazni, Afghanistan: An Afghan girl shot dead two Taliban fighters and wounded several more after they dragged her parents from their home and killed them for supporting the government, officials said.

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The incident happened last week when insurgents stormed the home of Qamar Gul, a teenager from a village in the central province of Ghor.

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The fighters were looking for her father, the village chief, local police head Habiburahman Malekzada told AFP.

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Her father was a government supporter, which is why the Taliban fighters went to his house and dragged him out, Malekzada said.

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When his wife resisted, the Taliban fighters killed the couple outside their home, Malekzada said.

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“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,” he said.

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Gul is aged between 14 and 16, according to different officials. It is common for many Afghans to not know their precise age.

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Several other Taliban fighters later came to attack her house, but some villagers and pro-government militiamen expelled them after a gunfight.

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Afghan security forces have now taken Gul and her younger brother to a safer place, said Mohamed Aref Aber, spokesman to the provincial governor.

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Since the incident, social media networks have been flooded with praise for Gul’s “heroic” act.

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A photograph of Gul, wearing a headscarf and holding a machinegun across her lap has gone viral in the past few days.

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“Hats off to her courage! Well done,” wrote Najiba Rahmi on Facebook. “Power of an Afghan girl,” wrote another Facebook user Fazila Alizada.

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“We know parents are irreplaceable, but your revenge will give you relative peace,” said Mohamed Saleh in his post on Facebook.

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The Taliban regularly kill villagers who they suspect of being informers for the government or security forces.

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In recent months, the militants have also stepped up their attacks against security forces despite agreeing to peace talks with Kabul.

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