An Afghan official says insurgents have launched an attack on a U.S.-run civilian and military base in the southern city of Kandahar.

Kandahar provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Razzaq says at least three insurgents had taken over an office in front of the base on Thursday afternoon and started shooting. The base is home to NATO troops, including Americans, and a provincial reconstruction team.

Razzaq says he was at the base for a meeting when the attack started.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi says two of the attackers have been killed, but he had no other details.

A hospital in Kandahar said at least one civilian was killed and at least two others and a member of the Afghan security forces have been wounded.

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