Taliban gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital, Kabul, setting off explosions and sparking gun battles.
Fighting erupted near the Serena Hotel and the presidential palace, although Afghan President Hamid Karzai says security has now been restored.
Officials say that two civilians and three security personnel have been killed and 71 others wounded.
Interior Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar said that seven attackers had also been killed.
Allan Little reports.