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Officials: Gunmen attack government compound in southern Afghanistan, killing 7

  • Afghanistan, security forces take position during a fighting outside a government compound  in the city of Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May. 13, 2015. Officials say gunmen have attacked a government compound in southern Afghanistan, killing three police and four civilians.  (AP Photo/ Abdul Khaliq)

    Afghanistan, security forces take position during a fighting outside a government compound in the city of Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May. 13, 2015. Officials say gunmen have attacked a government compound in southern Afghanistan, killing three police and four civilians. (AP Photo/ Abdul Khaliq)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghan security forces inspect the site of a Park Palace Hotel  attack by Taliban militants, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Gunmen have stormed a guesthouse in the Afghan capital used by both foreigners and locals, sparking a gun battle with police The attackers targeted Kabul's Park Palace Hotel on Wednesday night Kabul police chief Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi says the gunmen were still shooting at his officers. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

    Afghan security forces inspect the site of a Park Palace Hotel attack by Taliban militants, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Gunmen have stormed a guesthouse in the Afghan capital used by both foreigners and locals, sparking a gun battle with police The attackers targeted Kabul's Park Palace Hotel on Wednesday night Kabul police chief Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi says the gunmen were still shooting at his officers. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghan security forces inspect the site of a Park Palace Hotel  attack by Taliban militants, in Kabul,Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Gunmen have stormed a guesthouse in the Afghan capital used by both foreigners and locals, sparking a gun battle with police The attackers targeted Kabul's Park Palace Hotel on Wednesday night Kabul police chief Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi says the gunmen were still shooting at his officers. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

    Afghan security forces inspect the site of a Park Palace Hotel attack by Taliban militants, in Kabul,Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Gunmen have stormed a guesthouse in the Afghan capital used by both foreigners and locals, sparking a gun battle with police The attackers targeted Kabul's Park Palace Hotel on Wednesday night Kabul police chief Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi says the gunmen were still shooting at his officers. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)  (The Associated Press)

Officials say gunmen have attacked a government compound in southern Afghanistan, killing three police and four civilians.

Dr. Ghulam Jilani, a medic at a local hospital, said the attack in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, wounded another five police and two civilians.

Habiba Sadat, a member of parliament from Helmand, confirmed the attack and said the assailants were still clashing with security forces.

The Taliban have a strong presence in Helmand, and declared the start of their annual spring offensive last month.