At least four Taliban suicide bombers dressed as women and police have been killed during an attack on a UN compound in western Afghanistan.
Authorities say none of the organisation’s personnel were killed.
The raid was launched at the UN’s main facility in the city of Herat, a commercial hub where insurgents are usually less active.
Police say some of the attackers were disguised in Burkas. Two reportedly blew themselves up while the others were shot.
The strike in Herat is the most high profile on the UN since October 2009 and raises the question to what extent authorities are control in the city. NATO believes it could be among the first to take charge of its own security.
Around this time last year five foreign UN workers were killed after militants struck a guesthouse in the capital Kabul. That prompted the body to evacuate hundreds of international staff from Afghanistan.