KABUL (AFP) - A US soldier and several Taliban rebels were killed at the weekend in the latest deadly violence to hit insurgency-hit Afghanistan, NATO and Afghan authorities said Sunday. The US soldier was killed on Saturday, the third American to lose his life since Friday. A Danish soldier also attached to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed on Friday. One US service member was killed in an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan on Oct 24, ISAF said in a statement. It did not give details including the exact location of the incident. The alliance force said that together with Afghan security forces it killed several militants in a string of operations in southern and eastern parts of the country on Sunday. It did not give an exact figure. Meanwhile, the Afghan defence ministry said eight rebels were killed in an operation conducted by Afghan and Western troops in an area between Ghazni and the neighbouring province of Khost on Saturday. Eight years after being toppled, the remnants of the Taliban are waging an increasingly bloody insurgency aimed at ousting the Western-backed government in Kabul.