Kabul: Governor of Afghanistanâ€™s Balkh province Ata Mohammad Noor on Monday wielded the gun to protect the Indian consulate at Mazar-i-Sharif after it was attacked last night by heavily-armed militants who tried to storm in.
In pictures posted on the governorâ€™s Facebook page that have gone viral, Noor, a former Mujahideen, is seen holding an assault rifle and aiming to take shots and also interacting with the soldiers outside the Indian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of his province,
Indian ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha tweeted â€śClearing ops (operations) in Mazar on by special forces. Heavy fighting going on. GOV (Governor) Atta personally monitoring. All safe in consulate.â€ť
Governor Noor is a former Mujahideen. (Photo: Facebook)
He also retweeted a message by a journalist which said, â€śA friend in need ..Meet the Afg (Afghan) guv (governor) who took up arms to protect Indian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharifâ€ť.
Noor is a former Mujahideen during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and is trained in combat. He has also served as a commander in Ahmad Shah Masoodâ€™s Norther Alliance - the resistance against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
The siege near the consulate finally ended late on Monday night when all the militants were killed.