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8 NATO service members die in Afghanistan

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U.S. soldiers with the NATO led International Security Assistance Force react after their convoy was attacked by a suicide attacker using a motorcycle in Qarghayi, Laghman province east of Kabul, Afghanistan May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) U.S. soldiers with the NATO led International Security Assistance Force react after their convoy was attacked by a suicide attacker using a motorcycle in Qarghayi, Laghman province east of Kabul, Afghanistan May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Eight NATO service members were killed Thursday in Afghanistan, including seven in a roadside bomb blast in the south, the international military coalition said.

It was the deadliest day for coalition forces in Afghanistan since April 27, when a veteran Afghan military pilot opened fire at Kabul airport after an argument and killed eight U.S. troops and an American civilian contractor.

Besides the seven troops killed in the roadside bombing, the U.S.-led coalition reported that one NATO service member was killed when a helicopter crashed in the east.

The U.S.-led coalition did not release further details of the deaths.

Thirty-eight international service members have been killed so far this month, including at least 13 Americans. So far this year, 189 coalition troops have died in Afghanistan.

Southern and eastern Afghanistan are the most volatile areas in the nation.

Tens of thousands of U.S., NATO and Afghan forces have been working for months to rout the Taliban from their strongholds in the south. The Taliban have retaliated with targeted assassinations of Afghan officials and attacks on Afghan and coalition forces. Eastern Afghanistan, along the Pakistan border, also has been the scene of heavy violence.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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