Afghanistan’s Balkh province governor Ata Mohammad Noor picked up an assault rifle and took aim on militants who had attacked the Indian consulate at Mazar-i-Sharif.
In pictures that went viral on Twitter, Noor can be seen armed and ready, and interacting with the soldiers outside the Indian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of his province.
Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha tweeted “Clearing ops (operations) in Mazar on by special forces. Heavy fighting going on. GOV (Governor) Atta personally monitoring. All safe in consulate.”
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 Masood’s Northern Alliance – the resistance against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.