One of the Taliban attackers killed by Afghan teen Qamar Gul — who was later hailed on social media as a hero — was in fact her own husband, according to a new report.
Qamar’s husband, Mohamed Naeem, was fighting on the Taliban’s side and apparently seeking her forcible return after a falling out with the family, relatives and local officials told the New York Times.
Qamar’s father, Shah Gul Rahimi, had struck an agreement with Naeem, a resident of an adjacent village, about four years ago. Naeem would marry Qamar as his second wife, and Rahimi would take Naeem’s second niece as his own second wife, according to the report.
Tensions began when Rahimi’s new wife visited her family and refused to return to her husband, the paper reported.
So when Qamar came home, her father opted to hold her until the family returned his wife and Naeem paid a $3,000 debt, according to the report.
However, Naeem decided to handle things a different way: with the help of a Taliban commander he had gotten to know who would help him take his wife home at no cost.
Naeem, along with about a dozen other fighters, showed up at the family’s hillside home in the early hours of July 17 for the surprise attack.
Both Rahimi and Qamar’s mother, Fatima, were gunned down.
Qamar jumped into action and grabbed her father’s weapon — killing her husband and another assailant, according to the Times. She also wounded the senior Taliban commander, the paper reported.
The insurgents took off after a group of villagers and pro-government militiamen engaged them in a gunfight.
Afghan security forces have since moved Qamar and her 12-year-old brother, Habibullah — who was alongside his sister during the hour-long ordeal — to a safer place.
In a statement two days later, the Ghor provincial governor lauded Qamar and Habibullah for defeating an “offensive attack” by the “Taliban terrorist group” and forcing the “bloodthirsty Taliban to flee, leaving behind two of their dead in the battlefield,” the paper reported.
The statement also attached photos of two bodies — one of them Gul’s husband with his tunic soaked in blood.
A photo of the teen, wearing a headscarf and holding the gun across her lap, has since gone viral.
“Hats off to her courage!” Najiba Rahmi posted to Facebook. “Well done.”
“Power of an Afghan girl,” wrote Fazila Alizada, another Facebook user.
“We know parents are irreplaceable, but your revenge will give you relative peace,” Mohamed Saleh posted.
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