FARAH, AFGHANISTAN – 25 Taliban fighters lay dead after an intense 7-hour gun battle in the Farah province in Afghanistan. Their killer? A bereaved mother whose son was killed in an ambush. With no formal training in combat, Reza Gul, her daughter and daughter-in-law used an AK47 and grenades to kill the Islamic militants. Gul had never so much as fired a gun before.
After being awoken with gunshots last week and the news that her son was killed, Gul geared up to join the fight. “I couldn’t stop myself and picked up a weapon,” Gul told Tolo News. “I went to the check post and began shooting back.”
Gul’s daughter-in-law Seema said: “The fighting was intensified when we reached the battlefield along with light and heavy weapons. We were committed to fight until the last bullet.”
Fatima, the daughter of Gul said: “We started a kind of family war against the Taliban.”
General Abdul Razaq Yaqubi, the Police Chief spoke on the incident, saying: “We are proud of the bravery of this family and this is a saga that will be remembered for long by police and residents of Farah province.”