KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban gunmen opened fire on Afghan security guards in the country’s northern Parwan province, killing at least eight guards, a provincial official and the insurgents said Tuesday.
Elsewhere in Afghanistan on Tuesday, four policemen were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb around in southern Helmand province, a Taliban heartland. And in eastern Nangarhar province — where both the Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate are active — a judge died in a bombing.
The attack on the Afghan guards took place late on Monday night and also left two other guards wounded, according to Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the Parwan governor. The guards were attacked while they were on their way to work at Bagram airfield, the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan, she added.
Shahkar said the shooting is being investigated further.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the shooting in a statement sent to the media Tuesday.
The insurgents have stepped up attacks against Afghan security forces, and IS has been trying to expand its footprint by launching large-scale attacks across Afghanistan and targeting Afghan officials.
In Helmand, four policemen were killed and two were wounded when their car hit a roadside bomb around noon Tuesday, said Omar Zwak, spokesman for the…