A teenage Afghan girl is being hailed for her “heroism” after fighting back against Taliban militants who killed her parents last week
The girl took the family’s AK-47 assault rifle, shot dead two of the militants and wounded several others, local officials in Ghor province said.
The Taliban came to the house because the girl’s father was a government supporter.
Later more militants came to attack the house, in the village of Griwa, but were beaten back by villagers and pro-government militia.
The girl believed to be between 14 and 16. She and her younger brother had been taken to a safer place.
Ghor is one of the most underdeveloped western provinces of Afghanistan and incidences of violence against women are high.
The Taliban signed a peace deal with the US in February but many of its members continue to call for the overthrow of the current Afghan government and constitution.