All of the victims killed and wounded in the clashes in Behsud district are civilians, said Abdul Ghani, known as Commander Alipoor, a local commander in Behsud district in Maidan Wardak province.
The commander said that his supporters will not allow members of the special forces to evacuate from Behsud if the recent incident was not investigated with transparency.
The police commander of Maidan Wardak said that all those killed in the clash with the security forces were illegal armed men with Alipoor.
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Sunday said it will assess reports of civilian deaths in clashes in the Behsud district in Maidan Wardak province that erupted during a protest in the district on Friday.
On Friday, the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) said that at least nine people were killed after their protest turned violent and ended up in a clash between security forces and armed men loyal to Alipoor.
Members of special forces from Kabul, Bamiyan and Maidan Wardak were in Behsud to introduce the new police commander of Behsud on Friday, but their lengthy presence in the area sparked concerns among the local people.
Later on, the local people and police commander started negotiations, however no outcome was achieved and then a protest erupted.
However, footage shared by the local people show police forces shooting at the protestors.
“We will not let them go unless there is an apology and trial of those involved in the incident,” said Habibullah Assadi, a spokesman for Alipoor, referring to members of special forces in Behsud.
“We had ten martyres from one village, they were hit with bullets in the back while they were on the run,” said Moharram Ali, a resident in Behsud.
“We will assess it, justice will be done,” said Ebadullah Ebad, the deputy of National Security Adviser.
But a source has told TOLOnews that the main purpose of the presence of these forces was to arrest Alipoor.
Alipoor's forces also seized one tank, one police vehicle and some weapons from the government forces during the clash.
“We will not allow anyone to resort to violence. If we are attacked, then we are compelled to take action,” said Allah Dad Fedayee, the commander of Maidan Wardak police.
Abdul Ghani, known as Commander Alipoor, is a local leader in Behsud district in Maidan Wardak. He has many times supported public uprising forces' campaigns against the Taliban in Daikundi, Ghor, Ghazni and Maidan Wardak province.
In 2018 he was in security forces' custody, and when he was released in November 2018 he signed an agreement letter with the government and committed to being ready to respond to allegations against him and added that he “will register all weapons” with the government or hand them in.