AN Afghan mother took on the Taliban killing 25 militants after witnessing her son being killed in a fierce gunbattle. Woken by gunfire, Reza Gul looked on as her son, a police officer, was gunned down by Taliban as he manned a village checkpoint.
Flanked by her daughter and daughter-in-law, the grieving mother took bloody revenge saying she had no choice but to grab a weapon, starting a seven-hour gun battle. “It was around 5am when my son’s check post came under the attack of Taliban,” Gul told TOLO News.
“When the fighting intensified, I couldn’t stop myself and picked up a weapon, went to the check post and began shooting back.” Gul’s husband, daughter, youngest son and daughter-in-law accompanied the grieving mother in the fight, eventually taking out 25 insurgents.
“We started a kind of family war against the Taliban,” Fatima, Gul’s daughter said.
“The fighting was intensified when we reached the battlefield along with light and heavy weapons,” said Seema, the daughter-in-law.
“We were committed to fight until the last bullet.”
The family battle took place by their home in the Farah province, one of the most volatile areas in western Afghanistan where anti-government militants are actively operating.