A Taliban raid on the southern Afghan city of Kandahar has left 15 policemen dead, officials say.
Militants armed with suicide bombs, guns and rocket-propelled grenades struck the police headquarters in the city centre around noon.
Explosions shook the area as Afghan security forces battled the attackers for several hours.
Dozens of people were reported injured in the attack on the city, which is the birthplace of the Taliban.
"Fifteen people were killed and 45 others suffered injuries and some of the wounded are in a critical condition," Kandahar provincial governor Tooryalai Wesa said.
He added that all 15 were police officers.
A Taliban spokesman, Yousuf Ahmadi, said his group had carried out the attack.
It began with several explosions near the headquarters of the provincial police.
There are reports at least one of the blasts was a car bomb and that two expl
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