Reuters reports that four Taliban suicide bombers dressed as women and police attacke the main UN compound in Herat, in Western Afghanistan. Herat is the largest city in the area with a population of 3 million.
Herat is a commercial hub and violence by the Taliban and Islamist is usually less active. Herat is under control of the Italian NATO contingent.
There were no UN casualties. The attack was initiated with a car bomb at the gate and two suicide bombers blowing themselves up. The fourth insurgent was shot inside the compound before he could blow up his suicide vest.
“The incident is over and there are no U.N. casualties,” said Kieran Dwyer, chief U.N. spokesman in Kabul. The interesting fact in this attack is that the insurgents were dressed in all encompassing burqas. Others were in police uniforms.
NATO has increased its troop strength to 150,000, however the intensity of the war is at its highest level since the war began in 2001. The strategy of the war has shiften with an empasis of keeping Al Queda in Pakistan and to contain the Taliban. The Pentagon claims moderate success and troops in Southern Afghanistan appear to be making some progress.
Herat, which is considered relatively safe, is supposedly ready to have resposibility handed over to Afghan Security Forces. This was announced earlier this year by the NATO Regional Commander.ISAF said that no NATO troops were involved, although a helicopter was monitoring the situation from the air.