Taliban 'murdered' an Afghan girl's parents - so she shot their killers

Taliban 'murdered' an Afghan girl's parents - so she shot their killers

Taliban 'murdered' an Afghan girl's parents - so she shot their killers

Officials said the Taliban had come to kill Gul's father, who was the village chief, because he supported the government.

The Taliban "took both my father and mother out and shot them in front of my eyes", Gul told reporters on Tuesday at the governor's office in Feroz Koh, the provincial capital.

According to reports, dozens of Taliban fighters stormed the village of Geriveh in the Taywara district where Gul and her brother were living with their parents.

'I had no choice but to take my father's gun and fire on them, ' she said.

Later in the shoot-out, which took place last week, more militants came to attack the house, in the village of Griwa, but were beaten back by villagers and pro-government militia.

The Taliban denied their fighters had been involved, far less killed, in the incident and called it government propaganda.

"The security officials were on the way to the police headquarters and had just left a military camp in the district", said Ebadi, adding that "two policemen and two army soldiers were also were killed in the blast". Mujahid said two Taliban fighters were injured but none of them were killed in the firefight.

But the next stage - talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government - has been delayed over the release of almost 600 Taliban prisoners.

Taywara is under government control but has not been immune to Taliban incursions in the past, Mr Aber said.

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

The girl and her brother were celebrated as heroes on social media, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reportedly invited them to Kabul for a celebratory meeting.

'Hats off to her courage!

"Power of an Afghan girl", wrote another Facebook user Fazila Alizada.

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

The militants, who have been waging a lengthy insurgency against the Afghan government, have been known to target citizens they suspect of acting as informants, the AFP reports.

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

As part of the Doha deal, the Afghan government has released more than 4,000 Taliban prisoners and the militant group has freed hundreds of government troops.

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