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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - An Afghan teenage girl is being celebrated as a hero after she took her family's AK-47 and gunned down two Taliban insurgents after they rushed into her home and killed her parents.
Late on Friday night, Taliban fighters knocked on 16-year-old Qamar Gul's family home in Geriveh village of central Ghor province looking for her father Malikzada, the chieftain of the village and a vocal critic of the insurgents.
"Taliban armed militants tried to enter their house late at night and Gul's mother did not open the door as she knew that Taliban will harm her family," Aref Aber, a spokesperson of the provincial government, told The National.
"The mother was immediately killed at the entrance by the attackers and they entered the house and shot Malikzada on the spot," Mr Aber said.
But Qamar, who witnessed her parents' murder, picked up her father's AK-47 rifle and shot two of the attackers. With her 12-year old brother Habibiullah, the pair fought off the Taliban for over an hour.
As more insurgents arrived, other villagers and members of a pro-government militia joined the children and drove the Taliban fighters from the village.
Local police official Habib ur Rehman said that Malikzada had received numerous threats against his life for supporting the government.
Abdul Rehman, a provincial government official said that Qamar and Habibiullah are safe and in government custody.
"They are fine now but went through a difficult time and were shocked. Both Qamar and Habibullah could not speak initially but are getting better now and feeling good," Mr Rehman said.
The children's actions drew thanks from President Ashraf Ghani in a cabinet meeting, as well as an invitation for the pair to visit the presidential palace.
A photograph of Qamar wearing a headscarf with an Ak-47 in her lap was shared widely on social media over the last few days with people praising her act of bravery.
"They received two titles at one night: heroes and orphans," one Facebook user said. "She is a symbol of bravery and resistance," another post said.
Taliban fighters often threaten and kill people in Ghor province that they suspect are informers for the Afghan army and the government or are vocal supporters of Kabul.
Despite the peace agreement with the US, the Taliban continued to kill and attack security forces and civilians across the war-torn country.
A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb on Monday beside a convoy of Afghan military troops in Wardak province, killing eight soldiers.
Updated: July 22, 2020 01:27 PM
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