At least two people were killed when supporters of Jamiat-e-Islami and Junbish-i-Milli parties clashed with each other in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province, officials said Friday.
Ten more were injured in the armed fighting which broke out in Almar district at 5:00 p.m. Thursday and lasted for four hours, according to police.
The dead included one supporter of Jamiat and one supporter of Junbish, according to Abdul Karim Yorush, a spokesman for provincial police.
The injured comprised seven people loyal to Junbish and three loyal to Jamiat.
He said that a delegation had been tasked to investigate the incident closely and find the motive behind the clash.
Junbish is led by First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum and for Jamiat, Ata Mohammad Noor, the acting governor of Balkh province is a powerful figure.
Supporters of the two have repeatedly clashed with each other.
In May last year, 10 people were killed when supporters of the two parties fought each other in the same district of Almar.
Such clashes underline political tensions in Afghanistan which faces resurgent Taliban with Faryab remaining as a volatile province.
There are more than 4,000 militants, including foreigners, who are active in the province, according to its governor Sayed Anwar Sadat.