The attack launched Monday by Taliban gunmen against the headquarters of the Traffic Department in this capital killed at least three police officers and left a dozen other people wounded, the Afghan government said.

Security forces killed the five attackers who carried out the assault and are currently inspecting the area, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqui said.

"The zone is being swept by police, explosives are being deactivated," said Sediqui on Twitter.

The insurgents attacked the building at dawn - causing several explosions - and engaged security forces in a shootout for several hours, official sources told Efe.

"Three traffic police officers died and more than 10 people were wounded, including six civilians," Deputy Interior Minister Abdul Rahman said.

In a communique, the Taliban took responsibility for the attack and said that the targets were facilities of the international forces and the Afghan police.

Attacks against government offices and other facilities are among the Taliban's most frequently staged strikes, and they also regularly target the NATO forces deployed around the country. EFE