The Taliban said six of its fighters launched the assault on the provincial police compound in downtown Kandahar. A Reuters witness said gunmen were firing from a nearby wedding hall and reported hearing several explosions.
"Taliban fighters have inflicted casualties on the police," Taliban spokesman Quri Yousuf Ahmadi told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.
The death toll in the attack rose to 15, with more than 40 wounded, President Hamid Karzai's office said.
A spokesman for the NATO-led coalition said a 'quick reaction force' of NATO and Afghan troops had been sent to respond to the assault, which he said took place near the police headquarters and the provincial governor's office.
NATO helicopters were flying over the scene of the battle.
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