A car bomb and gunfight at the entrance to a police headquarters killed three US troops and five civilians in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said today.
An Afghan police officer also died in the attack on the compound of the elite Afghan National Civili Order Police late last night, a provincial spokesman said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
A Nato statement said a suicide attacker slammed a car bomb into the entrance of the compound, then insurgents opened fire with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
It said a combined force of international troops and police prevented the attackers entering the compound and eventually fought them off, but three American troops died along with five civilian workers.