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8 NATO Soldiers Killed Saturday in Afghanistan

A US soldier gestures as he guards a NATO compound in Kabul, Afghanistan (file photo)

NATO says eight of its service members died in attacks in Afghanistan Saturday, making it one of the deadliest days for NATO troops this year.

The international coalition said Sunday three of its troops died in bomb explosions in the south.

Earlier, the coalition said five of its service members died when a suicide bomber disguised in an Afghan army uniform attacked an eastern army base in eastern Laghman province, near Jalalabad. Four Afghan soldiers were also killed in the blast.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which wounded eight people.

Security forces in Afghanistan have been the target of a recent wave of suicide attacks - a key Taliban tactic.

The attacks come as Afghan security forces are preparing to take increasing responsibility for their own country's security as foreign troops pull back.

On Friday, a suicide bomber dressed as a police officer killed the police chief of southern Kandahar province in his own office. Two other police officers were killed and three were wounded in the attack.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.