An Afghan official says that a civilian and a border policeman were killed when Taliban insurgents attacked the house of a police chief in the country's restive south.

Zia Durani, spokesman for the provincial police chief of Kandahar province, said a group of suicide bombers launched the attack early Sunday from a school building near Gen. Abdul Razeq's house in the Spin Boldak district. The six attackers tried to enter Razeq's house before they were killed by police, said Durani.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to the media. The Taliban frequently carry out suicide attacks against Afghan and NATO forces.