Afghan news publication Khaama Press has reported that a woman and her family have killed 25 Taliban fighters in the western Farah province of the country. The woman, Reza Gul, was apparently acting in retaliation for the murder of her son, who was a police officer. Gul claimed to have been awoken by gunfire near her home, where her son was working at a police outpost. When she investigated the situation, she found her son dead.
"It was around 5 a.m. when my son's check post came under the attack of Taliban," Gul said to TOLOnews. "When the fighting intensified, I couldn't stop myself and picked up a weapon, went to the check post and began shooting back."
Many of Gul's family members joined the fight against the Taliban, which reportedly lasted several hours. Gul's husband Abdul Satar explained how the family was committed to holding off the Taliban militants from the area where the fighting began.
"My young son who was a police officer was killed in front of my eyes. I pulled aside his dead body and started fighting to defend my soil to prove that this is the soil of Malalay, the hero. I was committed to give up my life, but not my son's check post."
General Abdul Razaq Yaqubi, Police Chief in Afghanistan's Farah province, praised the family for their efforts in holding off the Taliban with the following statement: "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."