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Afghan girl shoots dead two Taliban men who killed her parents

Afghan teenager Qamar Gul who killed two Taliban fighters after they broke into her home and killed her parents

Gul's parents resisted the intrusion, and Taliban fighters dragged them both outside of the home and killed them.

Several other Taliban fighters later came to attack her house, but some villagers and pro-government militiamen expelled them after a gunfight.

The Taliban in the peace agreement with the USA committed to avoid launching attacks on the provincial capitals and main highways, but has been accused of violating the Doha agreement because of attacks initiated by the group over the last 20 days.

Gul told CBS News that her father taught her how to shoot the gun.

Gul's mother, Fatima, has married twice before tying the knot with her father, Shah Gul Rahimi, with her first husband dying of an overdose and her second, Rahimi's older brother, killed in clashes with the Taliban in the 1990s.

But the residents claim that "at least eight civilians were killed and almost 20 others were wounded" in the airstrike, which they say targeted a wedding party. "Two were killed and another of them was wounded".

Jailani Farhad, spokesman for the Herat governor, told Anadolu news agency at least six key Taliban commanders involved in major assaults in Herat were targeted in the air raids.

Afghanistan's Ministry of Defence did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A teenage Afghan girl has been hailed on social media for her "heroism" after fighting back last week against Taliban militants who killed her parents.

"The cabinet praises the courage of Qamar Gul", he wrote.

The girl's fearless move has gained widespread attention on social media, with Twitter and Facebook users quick to praise her actions. She appears to be wearing the same clothing as in the viral photo.

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

More than 1,200 civilians were killed and 1,700 were injured in security incidents over the first half of 2020, according to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.

50 security incidents took place per day day on average in Afghanistan from around the Reduction in Violence (RiV) week and the signing of the US-Taliban deal in late February until late June, according to the statistics provided by the Afghan government. About 48.5 per cent of all civilian casualties have been attributed to the Taliban over that time, the group says.

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. It also linked 15.5 per cent of the casualties to government forces.