Afghan teen shoots down two Taliban fighters with AK-47 for killing her parents
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Jul 22, 2020, 01:25 pm
A teenage girl in Afghanistan is being hailed as a hero after she shot down two Taliban fighters while leaving several others in the militant outfit severely injured. Sixteen-year-old Qamar Gul's actions are being called as an act of revenge by locals, with officials stating that the girl's parents were dragged from their home and killed for supporting the government.
The teen was living with her parents and 12-year-old brother Habibullah when around 40 militants stormed their village of Geriveh in the central Ghor province. They then knocked on the door of the teen's house at around 1AM, as per a report on The Guardian. Speaking to the outlet, Provincial Governor Mohamed Aref Aber said, "The insurgents came to their doorstep and her mother went to see who was knocking,". He added, "When she saw that they were armed, she refused to open the door."
Aber stated that the fighters entered the house forcefully after shooting Gul's mother and then proceeded to fire at her father. Being the head of the village and a supporter of the government, the attackers had been wanting to kill Gul's father for sometime, the head of the local police told news agency AFP.
The police further added that Gul took out an AK-47 gun that was in her house and shot two of the insurgents down. The official said, "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,".
Citing Mr Aber, it was later reported that three militants were killed. Soon after, numerous Taliban fighters showed up to attack the home. However, a pro-government militia had arrived by then and a gunfight ensued, leading to insurgents eventually retreating. Aber added that Gul and her 12-year-old brother have since been moved to a much safer place by Afghan security forces. It has been revealed that Gul's brother was right beside her during the violent incident, which prolonged for nearly an hour.
Mr Aber told, "They were in shock in the first two days and could not talk too much, but are in a good condition now,". He added "They are saying: 'This was our right, because we did not need to live without our parents.' They don’t have many relatives other than a half-brother who lives in the same village."
Soon after the incident was reported, Gul's actions garnered praise from all corners of the world with a photo of the teen, wearing a headscarf while holding the AK-47 gun on her lap alongside her brother, has gone viral on social media. One Facebook user said, "Hats off to her courage!", while another wrote, "Power of an Afghan girl," Another user said, "We know parents are irreplaceable, but your revenge will give you relative peace,".