Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Affairs stated in a clash with the police 9 people were killed and seven others were wounded on Friday.

The “irresponsible gunmen” loyal to commander Alipoor an anti-Taliban commander resisted the appointment of His-i-Awal and Hisa-i-Dowom district police chiefs.

The men loyal to Alipoor gathered outside the district compound in Maidan Wardak province and opened fire on security officials as to which number of security members and civilians were wounded, the statement said.

According to a police statement, 68 individuals loyal to Alipoor were arrested, but Parliament member Mahdi Rasikh stated, that police opened fire on civilians while peacefully protesting.

He claimed that 9 people were killed and further 20 people were wounded.

This comes as eight civil order force members were killed in a suicide car bomb attack in Shirzad district of the eastern province of Nangarhar on Saturday.

Officials confirmed the incident and added, that the civil order forces unit operates under ANA.

Obaidullah Shinwari, deputy head of the provincial council told the media that at least 14 soldiers were killed.

Meanwhile, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming that heavy casualties had been inflicted on security forces.

Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Taliban, said that around 5:30 a.m. today, the group’s fighters attacked a security checkpoint in the Shirzad district of Nangarhar province with an explosive-laden vehicle.  

According to Qari Yusuf, there were 50 security forces stationed at the checkpoint, both the personnel and the outpost were completely destroyed.

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