KABUL, Afghanistan -- Seven U.S. soldiers and a member of the NATO-led coalition were killed 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 renewed violence came as Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged at a news conference that regular payments his government has received from the CIA for more than a decade would continue. Karzai also said talks on a U.S.-Afghan bilateral security agreement to govern the future American military presence in the country has been delayed because of conditions the Afghans were placing on the deal.
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 Americans.
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 in the most recent of what are called insider attacks. Such attacks by members of the Afghan security forces against their colleagues or international troops have eroded confidence in the Afghan forces as they work to take over from foreign forces.
Both of the dead were American, according to two U.S. officials.
Another coalition service member was killed in an insurgent attack in Northern Afghanistan, the NATO-led force said. It did not provide any other details of the incident.
It was the fourth time since last summer that seven Americans have been killed on a single day in the war.
On March 12, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed outside Kandahar, killing five U.S. troops. Two more U.S. troops were killed that day in an insider attack.
On April 6, Afghan militants killed six Americans, including a young female diplomat and an Afghan doctor in a pair of attacks in the South. The three U.S. service members, two civilians and the doctor were killed by a roadside bomb while they were traveling to donate books to a school. A seventh American, another civilian, was killed in an insurgent attack in the East.
On Aug. 16, 2012, seven Americans were killed in two attacks in Kandahar province. Six died when insurgents shot down their helicopter and one died in a roadside bomb explosion.