Qamar Gul, a 15-year-old, shot and killed two Taliban fighters after they dragged her parents from their home and killed them for allegedly supporting the government in the western province of Ghor, said local officials on Wednesday. The incident happened on July 16.
Qamar Gul said that the Taliban killed her father and mother in front of her and her brother in Taywarah district of the province and she decided to “avenge her family.”
The incident happened during the night and Qamar Gul took her father's AK-47 rifle and shot and killed two of the Taliban who had just shot and killed her parents.
“They killed my father and mother in front of us and I took my father's gun and started shooting and two of them were killed and another was wounded. We continued the fighting and my brother (a 12-year-old boy) also supported me and then our relatives came, and the Taliban escaped from the area,” said Qamar Gul.
Both Qamar Gul and her brother have been taken to Firozkoh city, capital of the province, by local officials in order to protect them from Taliban threats, according to the officials.
“The heroic women now has been moved to the capital of Ghor and police will provide all necessary protection for them,” said Mohammad Amin Ahmadzai, provincial police chief.
Noor Mohammad Kohnaward, provincial governor, while meeting Qamar Gul at his office told her: “The government of Afghanistan is praising you and the women of Afghanistan for your heroism and courage.”
“Don’t worry about anything,” he added.
Residents and civil society activists of Ghor have urged the govt to protect Qarmar Gul and her brother.
Officials also said that the sister and brother will soon move to Kabul due to President Ghani’s order and the President will meet them at the Presidential Palace.
Social media has been flooded with praise for Qamar Gul’s “heroic” act.