KABUL, Afghanistan -- Seven U.S. soldiers and a member of the NATO-led coalition were killed on Saturday in one of the deadliest days for Americans and other foreign troops in Afghanistan in recent months, as the Taliban continued attacks as part of their spring offensive.
The U.S.-led coalition reported that five international troops were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, and coalition spokesman Capt. Luca Carniel confirmed that all five were American.
The coalition did not disclose the location of the roadside bombing. However, Javeed Faisal, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province, said the coalition patrol hit the bomb in the Maiwand district of the province, the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban.
Later, the coalition reported that a soldier with the Afghan National Army turned his weapon on coalition troops in the west, killing two Americans in the most recent of so-called insider attacks.
Another coalition service member was killed in an insurgent attack in northern Afghanistan, the NATO-led force said.
39 die in ethnic unrest
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Violence between Muslims and Christians in the northeastern Nigerian town of Wukari in Taraba state left 39 people dead, authorities said Saturday.
More than 30 people were injured and more than 30 homes were burned Friday in clashes between Hausa Muslims and Jukun Christians, Joseph Kwaji, a police spokesman, said Saturday by phone from the Taraba state capital, Jalingo.
Nigeria, Africa's top oil producer and most populous nation of more than 160 million people, is almost evenly split between a largely Muslim north and a predominantly Christian south.
U.S. air crash in Kyrgyzstan
MOSCOW -- Two bodies had been found in the wreckage of an American tanker airplane that crashed soon after taking off Friday from the Manas airport in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan, authorities said Saturday.
Kyrgyz firefighters found the bodies after putting out a fire at the crash site, a government spokeswoman, Nurzada Toktogulova, said in a telephone interview.
The plane, a KC-135 Stratotanker that was used for midair refueling over Afghanistan, typically carries a crew of three, though it was not clear how many were aboard Friday or if all were United States service members. The plane crashed in a hilly area near the town of Kara-Balta a few minutes after takeoff.
3 killed in 2 blasts
KARACHI, Pakistan -- Two blasts in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi killed three people late Saturday near the office of a political party critical of the Taliban, a police officer said, heightening tensions ahead of the country's historic May 11 election.
A spokesman for the Taliban, Ahsanullah Ahsan, claimed responsibility.
Police Officer Aamir Farooqi said the explosions went off near the offices of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the biggest political party in the city.
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