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Sporadic clashes close to Balkh Police HQ amid rising political tensions

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Sporadic clashes were reported close to Balkh Police

Headquarters amid rising political tensions between the Afghan government and

the former governor of the province Ata Mohammad Noor.

Officials in the Ministry of Interior have confirmed that

armed clashes took place close to Police Headquarters of Balkh in

Mazar-e-Sharif city this afternoon.

The officials further added that the security forces have

arrested at least 25 gunmen in connection to the clashes with police forces.

Nusrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior,

confirmed that one policeman sustained injuries in the clashes while 25 gunmen

have been arrested.

He also added that the security situation in Mazar-e-Sharif

city including Police Headquarters is under total control of the security


Deputy Interior Minister for Security Gen. Khoshal Sadat had

earlier said that the ministry of interior is fully committed to implement the

presidential decree for the introduction of Gen. Abdul Raqib Mubarez as new

police chief of Balkh province.

In the meantime, Ata Mohammad Noor in an online statement

said the government has dragged violence to Mazar-e-Sharif city as part of its

ongoing conspiracies and has disrupted the calm of the city and residents of

Mazar-e-Sharif city.

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