‘Heroic’ Afghan Girl Kills Two Taliban Fighters Who Murdered Her Parents

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 22 Jul 2020 08:02
'Heroic' Afghan Girl Kills Two Taliban Fighters Who Murdered Her Parents'Heroic' Afghan Girl Kills Two Taliban Fighters Who Murdered Her ParentsBBC/ABC

A teenage girl has killed the two Taliban militants who murdered her parents in a true act of heroism.

The girl is reported to be between the ages of 14 and 16 and used the family’s AK-47 assault rifle on the two militants as well as injuring several others.

The Taliban had gone to the family’s home in Afghanistan due to the girl’s father being a government supporter and had expressed opinions on the terrorist group demanding tax payments.


The militants dragged the teenager’s parents out of the home and tragically beat them both dead. The girl then reportedly grabbed her father’s rifle and opened fired on the militants.


According to local reports, the girl and her younger brother continued to fight Taliban members before other villagers grabbed their own weapons and successfully drove the militants away. According to Afghan officials, the girl and her younger brother have been taken to a safe place in the provincial capital, The Guardian reports.

The incident came after a large group, reported to be around 40 militants, stormed the village of Geriveh, in Ghor province where the girl and her family lived, ABC reports. It’s said that the girl’s parents had been threatened and beaten by the Taliban before.


Following her brave actions a photograph of the teenager holding the assault rifle has been shared on social media, where people have applauded her heroism.

One person said the teenager deserved a Nobel Peace Prize while someone else said ‘Not all heroes wear capes’.

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Facebook users have also applauded her actions.


One person said, ‘Well done …she is such a brave girl.. We must not underestimate the power of a girl’, while someone else commented, ‘Brave girl! You kept the honor of your parents by avenging them’.

The war between the Tablian and the Government has been going on for nearly two decades and continues to worsen. Recently there have been reports the country saw it’s ‘bloodiest week’ in the war’s history at the end of June.

According to VOA News, The Afghanistan’s National Security Council said 291 members of Afghan National and Defense Security Forces (ANDSF) had been killed in addition to 550 others being injured in Taliban attacks.

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Javid Faisal, spokesperson for the Natural Security Council, tweeted on June 22:

The past week was the deadliest of the past 19 years. Taliban carried out 422 attacks in 32 provinces, martyring 291 ANDSF members and wounding 550 others. Taliban’s commitment to reduce violence is meaningless, and their actions inconsistent with their rhetoric on peace.

While the teenager’s actions have been celebrated, it’s heartbreaking to know children are having to bare guns to defend themselves. Our thoughts are with all those enduring the ongoing unrest in Afghanistan.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: News, Afghanistan, shot, Taliban, World News


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  4. The Guardian

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