An Afghan girl who shot down two Taliban fighters after they gunned down her parents said she was ready to confront any other insurgents who might try to attack her.
Qamar Gul, 15, killed the militants when they stormed her home last week in a remote village in the central province of Ghor.
“I no longer fear them and I’m ready to fight them again,” Gul told AFP by telephone from a relative’s home, where she was being watched by guards.
A photo of Gul posing with a gun has circulated online, with many praising her actions and calling for her safe passage out of the country.
According to AFP, the Taliban men were searching for her father who was the village chief and loyal to the government, according to local police head Habiburahman Malekzada. The militants killed her parents. Now she has told AFP that she would kill other insurgents again if they try to attack her and if she had to.
She was asleep in her room with her 12-year-old brother when she heard the sound of men pushing at the door of their house.
“My mother ran to stop them but by then they had already broken the door,” Gul said.
“They took my father and mother outside and shot them several times. I was terrified”.
But moments later, “anger took over”.
“I picked up the gun we had at home, went to the door and shot them,” said Gul, who was taught by her father how to fire an AK-47 assault rifle.
Her brother stepped in when one of the insurgents, who appeared to be the group’s leader, tried to return fire.
“My brother took the gun from me and hit (shot) him. The fighter ran away injured, only to return later,” Gul said.