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 forces.

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.