Afghan Teen Kills Two Taliban Fighters, Wounds Others with AK-47

Along with her younger brother, Qamar Gul fought off several Taliban fighters.

A 16-year-old in Afghanistan is being hailed as a hero after she used an AK-47 to kill at least two Taliban fighters and injure others who had murdered her parents in front of her.

Qamar Gul was living with her parents and younger brother in the village of Geriveh, in central Ghor province, when a group of Taliban insurgents arrived at her home looking for her father. Gul’s father had expressed support for the Afghan government, and the fighters were out to kill him, according to Agence France Presse (AFP).

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.

“I had no choice but to take my father’s gun and fire on them,” she said. “Two were killed and another of them was wounded.”

The teens both survived the attack and were taken to a safe place by government officials.

“They were in shock in the first two days and could not talk too much, but are in a good condition now,” said Mohamed Aref Aber, a spokesman for the provincial governor. “They are saying: ‘This was our right, because we did not need to live without our parents.’ They don’t have many relatives other than a half-brother who lives in the same village.”

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There appear to be two slightly different accounts of the incident.

In one, as reported by local officials speaking to AFP, Gul’s mother and father were dragged out of their home and killed on the street by Taliban fighters after Gul’s mother resisted the insurgents. Gul then took her father’s AK-47, killed two fighters, and wounded several others.

“Qamar Gul, who was inside the house, took an AK-47 gun the family had and first shot dead the two Taliban fighters who killed her parents, and then injured a few others,” local police head Habiburahman Malekzada told AFP.

Later that day, another group of Taliban fighters attacked Gul’s home, but they were expelled by local villagers and pro-government militiamen during a firefight.

In the second version of the incident, as reported by Afghan officials speaking with The Guardian, a group of 40 Taliban insurgents arrived at Gul’s home and knocked on the door.

“The insurgents came to their doorstep and her mother went to see who was knocking,” Aber said. “When she saw that they were armed, she refused to open the door.”

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The insurgents then shot Gul’s mother, entered the home, and shot and killed her father.

That’s when Gul picked up the AK-47 and engaged in a one-hour battle with the insurgents alongside her younger brother.  She was joined by other villagers, who were eventually able to drive the Taliban away.

An image of Gul went viral on social media yesterday showing her holding an AK-47. Many have praised her as a hero.  

The Afghan government also praised Qamar’s bravery at a cabinet meeting, and the president, Ashraf Ghani, invited the children to the presidential palace, according to The Guardian.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at

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  • Ej harbet July 27, 2020, 9:23 pm

    I bet the bore looks like a 150 year old sewer pipe. Barely stabilized rounds would be nasty

  • Rangemaster11B July 24, 2020, 11:48 am

    One of those killed was her husband by arranged marriage, who subsequently joined the Taliban. The wounded one was a senior Taliban commander.

  • sfvshooter July 24, 2020, 11:44 am

    Didn’t we invade Afghanistan in 2001? After almost 20 years of American war on terror, billions of dollars, all the men & women who didn’t make it back alive, the Taliban still roam free and terrorize people?

  • Bad Penguin July 24, 2020, 10:18 am

    Wow for once the writer is correct. It really is an AK-47 and not an AKM. That rifle is about 70 years old and om great shape.

    If only more people would stand up to terrorists like this brave girl did the world would be a better place.

    • Grady July 24, 2020, 11:54 am

      When are the hero’s in America going to stand up to the American Taliban that are rioting in our streets and destroying our history and heritage???

  • Mike in a Truck July 24, 2020, 8:45 am

    I can tell you from personal experience that Afgani women can be just as vicious as men,often more so.They will skin you alive while chatting about cooking and kids.

  • Michael July 24, 2020, 6:56 am

    If “the pen is mightier than the sword,” and that is just one weapon that is wielded by the leftist, socialist, progressive movement; Not excluding Violence and Destruction of personal property…..How is this any different from how Terrorists, ie the Taliban, acts in other countries? When they showed up, they were appropriately dealt with, and the neighbors helped. Can we, should we, take a lesson from this? You decide. Victim…..or Protector.

  • KO July 24, 2020, 3:38 am

    She should put that on her Baby Sitting resume.

  • ro July 23, 2020, 4:16 pm

    The new and improved Dana Loesch? (money where your mouth is, and all that)

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