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Afghan security forces are battling a group of gunmen holed up inside a UN building in Kabul, say reports.
Machinegun fire and explosions were heard in the area as the incident unfolded.
A UN security officer at the scene told reporters about ten of its employees, all believed to be foreign nationals, were inside the building.
The United Nations could not be reached for comment.
Sporadic gunfire was heard and plumes of black smoke rose above buildings in the Afghan capital.