At least five people have been killed in Afghanistan after Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen stormed a US aid company in the north of the country.
Among the dead were three foreign workers, including a Briton and German.
The pre-dawn raid took place in the relatively peaceful province of Kunduz, after half a dozen insurgents attacked the American firm’s newly opened offices.
At least one bomber reportedly blew himself up outside, allowing the other attackers to push into the building.
Afghan police say they were all eventually killed after a fierce five hour gunbattle, but not before 20 other people were also wounded.
The assault came as newly-appointed US and NATO commander General David Petraeus arrived in Afghanistan to oversee the fight against the insurgency.