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Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

Shooter Kills 3 American Doctors At Afghan Hospital

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.

The shooting at Cure International Hospital in western Kabul was the latest in a string of deadly attacks on foreign civilians in the Afghan capital this year.

Two of the dead were a visiting father and son, Minister of Health Soraya Dalil said, adding that the other victim was a Cure International doctor who had worked for seven years in Kabul. She said an American nurse had also been wounded in the attack.

The attacker was a member of the Afghan Public Protection Force assigned to guard the hospital, according to District Police Chief Hafiz Khan. He said the man's motive was not yet clear.

The gunman was wounded and in custody. He was in surgery at midday in the same medical facility under heavy police guard, according to Kanishka Bektash Torkystani, a Ministry of Health spokesman.

"Five doctors had entered the compound of the hospital and were walking toward the building when the guard opened fire on them," Torkystani said. "Three foreign doctors were killed."

It was also unclear how the attacker was wounded.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul confirmed that three American citizens had been killed in the hospital attack but said it had no other information.

According to its website, the Cure International Hospital was founded in 2005 by invitation of the Afghan Ministry of Health. It sees 37,000 patients a year, specializing in child and maternity health as well as general surgery. It is affiliated with the Christian charity Cure International, which operates in 29 countries with the motto "curing the sick and proclaiming the kingdom of God."

The attacker had emerged from surgery in the afternoon and was in recovery at Cure International before being questioned, Dalil added.

The Afghan capital has seen a spate of attacks on foreign civilians in 2014, a worrying new trend as the U.S.-led military coalition prepares to withdraw most troops by the end of the year.

It was unclear whether the Taliban were behind Thursday's shooting, though the insurgents have claimed several major attacks that killed foreign civilians this year, an escalation after years of mostly targeting foreign military personnel and Afghan security forces.

In January, a Taliban attack on a popular Kabul restaurant with suicide bombers and gunmen killed more than a dozen people, while in March gunmen slipped past security at an upscale hotel in the Afghan capital and killed several diners in its restaurant. Two foreign journalists were killed and another wounded in two separate attacks.

The hospital shooting is also the second "insider attack" by a member of Afghan security forces targeting foreign civilians this month.

On April 4, an Afghan police officer shot two Associated Press staff working in the eastern province of Khost, killing photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon.

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josephyannuzzi April 24 2014 at 7:09 AM

These people are savages that are still living in the 9th century. Bring our troops, medical personnel, and other Americans home and let these beasts do the world a favor and continue to kill each other.

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andrejgasp josephyannuzzi April 24 2014 at 7:21 AM

the problem with that is that the beasts are going to kill innocent and not evil ones. But I agree, we can not stop them, so let's pack.

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xenotex April 24 2014 at 7:08 AM

Disgusting ingrates. God bless the medical personnel and their families.

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mary April 24 2014 at 7:08 AM

Please leave that godforsaken country. The Russians couldn't do. Why the heck did we go in there in there in the fist place?

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Hi Art & Nan mary April 24 2014 at 7:23 AM

Because Bushie wanted to be a "war president". Remember?

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DR. D. April 24 2014 at 7:07 AM

What a tragedy! Please stop helping countries that hate Americans, bring everyone home , let these monsters take care of themselves, they are helpless.

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PUG WOMAN April 24 2014 at 7:06 AM

we need to get out of all the mess and let them handle their affairs.

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Hi Art & Nan PUG WOMAN April 24 2014 at 7:24 AM

But Bushie wanted to be a "war president"! GOTTA let the half-wit have his way, doncha know?

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lawoff414 April 24 2014 at 7:06 AM

We (USA) send food, aid, and the military all over the world, yet here at home some of our own citizens go hungry, without health care, and lack security in their neighborhoods. We are not the saviors of the world. It's time for these other countries to stand on their own or fail.

Bring our people, money, and aid home and give it to our own in need.

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seejohnedrum lawoff414 April 24 2014 at 7:13 AM

U got it half right. The bring them home part. The crying about the poor at home is misplaced. Our own social programs are bloated with those that should and could be supporting themselves. The poor of America are like middle class or better in Afghanistan. As our economy as grown inexplicably, so have those that need or want.

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fspoon seejohnedrum April 24 2014 at 7:35 AM

So true.

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lawoff414 seejohnedrum April 24 2014 at 12:56 PM

I partially agree with you. For the most part, I was referring to our senior citizens who, for reasons unknown to me, seem to get the "short end of the stick" when social benefits are disbursed.

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chuckbuchner lawoff414 April 24 2014 at 7:21 AM

As soon as the recent election results have been tabulated and a winner is named the new president will sign a SOFA (state of forces agreement) that will allow American troops to remain in Afghanistan for an undetermined amount of time into the future. This is the Obama administrations idea of how to make Afghanistan safe for Afghans and democracy. We had the same luck in Vietnam in the 1960's 70's

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JOSEPH April 24 2014 at 7:05 AM

Yeah. Go help these 3rd World mutants.

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fredfellon April 24 2014 at 7:04 AM

mr obama, you can not teach a wild animal new tricks, its time to get the hell out of there now, let them kill themselves

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acdc668 April 24 2014 at 7:01 AM

Get all of the americans out of the hell hole and them them fend for themselves.

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mary acdc668 April 24 2014 at 7:11 AM

I am normally argumentative. You know… see it from the other's side? Please, please get our troops out of that hell hole.

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turqea.blue April 24 2014 at 7:01 AM

Bring everybody home!!!!!

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