LONDON/KABUL (Reuters/AFP) - Britain said eight soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan, its worst death toll in a 24-hour period. US-led troops also killed a former high-ranking policeman in a raid near Kabul overnight, officials said Saturday, as four security guards and dozens of rebels died elsewhere in Afghanistan. Mohammada Jan, retired director of traffic police in the province of Logar was killed as US-led troops and Afghan police attacked his house in an overnight raid, provincial police chief Ghulam Mustafah told AFP. We had intelligence reports about his sons involvement in destructive activities but we had no information about him being involved in such activities, Mustafah said. Troops detained two sons of the retired police official during the raid, Mustafah said. Another civilian was killed and seven injured when gunfire from a NATO-led base hit their home in the eastern province of Kunar overnight, a local police official said. Four security guards were meanwhile killed in an insurgent attack in southern province of Ghazni on Saturday, Afghan authorities said, claiming to have killed up to 30 rebels. A day earlier, 11 rebels were killed in an operation by Afghan and international forces elsewhere in Ghazni, provincial governor Mohammad Osman Osmani told AFP separately. Also on Friday, in the province of Uruzgan in the south, 29 rebels were killed in similar operations, the interior ministry said in the capital, Kabul. The new violence followed a bloody day for the British military which lost eight soldiers in attacks blamed on Taliban insurgents in the countrys southern province of Helmand. The British soldiers were killed in insurgent strikes Friday in the southern province of Helmand, where thousands of newly deployed US Marines and British troops are pushing into insurgent areas for the polls. Britain has now lost 184 troops in Afghanistan since operations began in 2001 - surpassing the 179 killed in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003. Five troops on foot patrol were killed by two blasts, the highest death toll in a single attack. Fifteen soldiers, including four officers, have been killed in the past 10 days in the fight against Taliban insurgents. The heavy losses threaten to damage British public support for the deployment in Afghanistan and further hurt Browns already poor opinion poll ratings ahead of a British parliamentary election due by mid-2010. Most British newspapers led their early Saturday editions with reports of the losses, with the right-leaning Daily Mail urging Brown to 'back our troops - or pull them out. We cannot go on as we are, watching the bravest and best of their generation dying at the rate of more than one a day ... for an ill-defined cause and with inadequate backup, it said. Monitoring Desk adds: A Pakistani TV channel reported that six Indian nationals were among 18 people killed in a Taliban attack on an Indian construction company in Afghanistan. The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack carried out Friday night in Paktia province in which 20 people were also injured. But the Indian govt has denied the report, saying there was no report of any attack on Indians in Afghanistan.