Afghan attacks kill 8 US soldiers in 24 hours

In that incident Eight American crowds died in attacks in southern Afghanistan, as well as a car bombing and gunfight outside a police complex in Kandahar, officials said Wednesday as the Taliban push back against a coalition effort to secure the volatile region.

The poisonous 24 hours for U.S. troops came a day after three British soldiers were killed when one of their Afghan army allies attacked them with firing and rocket-propelled bullets. A higher-ranking Afghan army officer known the man as a Shiite Hazara — an ethnic underground usually opposite to the Taliban — and said his motive was still unclear.

In the southern city of Kandahar, a suicide attacker slammed a car bomb into the gate of the head office of the elite Afghan National Civil Order Police late Tuesday night, a NATO statement said. Minutes later, insurgents opened fire with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

Three U.S. crowds, an Afghan policeman and five civilians died in the assault, but NATO said the insurgents failed to enter the compound. The special police unit, known as ANCOP, had only recently been dispatched to Kandahar to set up checkpoints along with international forces to try to secure the south's largest city, the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban.

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