GHAZNI -- An Afghan girl fatally shot two Taliban fighters and wounded several more after they dragged her parents from their home and killed them for supporting the government, officials said.
The incident happened last week when insurgents stormed the home of Qamar Gul, a teenager from a village in Ghor Province.
The fighters were looking for her father, the village chief, local police head Habiburahman Malekzada told AFP.
Her father was a government supporter, which is why the Taliban fighters went to his house and dragged him out, he said.
When his wife resisted, the Taliban fighters killed the couple outside their home, according to Malekzada.
"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," he said.
Gul is between 14 and 16 years old, according to different officials. It is common for many Afghans not to know their precise age.
Several other Taliban fighters later came to attack her house, but some villagers and pro-government militiamen expelled them after a gunfight.
Afghan security forces have taken Gul and her younger brother to a safer place, said Mohamed Aref Aber, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
Praise for her courage
Since the incident, social media networks have been flooded with praise for Gul's "heroic" act.
A photograph of Gul, wearing a headscarf and holding a machine gun across her lap, has gone viral in the past few days.
"Hats off to her courage! Well done," wrote Najiba Rahmi on Facebook. "Power of an Afghan girl," wrote Fazila Alizada, another Facebook user.
"We know parents are irreplaceable, but your revenge will give you relative peace," Muhammad Saleh wrote in his post on Facebook.
The Taliban regularly kill villagers whom they suspect of being informers for the government or security forces.
In recent months, the militants have stepped up their attacks against security forces despite agreeing to peace talks with Kabul.