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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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AMedicGary April 24 2014 at 10:03 AM

killed at a non-profit medical center ........ Islam, religion of peace, killing non-military, unarmed infidels ...... trying to help your people ........ cowards.

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daylilydiva April 24 2014 at 10:11 AM

I don't care if the Afghans kill each other. We have a doctor shortage here in America, instead of allowing American doctors to go to Afghanistan to be used for target practice, how about having the doctors stay here and treat AMERICANS in need? How about pulling out ALL Americans from Afghanistan and letting the Afghans sort out their problems themselves? The murder of the three American doctors is a gentle Afghan hint "Yankee Go Home!" Let's take the hint and pull out of Afghanistan. This is a SECURITY GUARD who was sworn to protect Americans helping his countrymen and he slaughtered doctors.

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bgr200 daylilydiva April 24 2014 at 10:18 AM

You would ban Doctors from Christian Organinzations from treating the poor or innocent victims in war torn countries?......Think about what your saying ?

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petersonentvt April 24 2014 at 10:11 AM

Why any one would go to that country voluntarily is beyond me.

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toughyou April 24 2014 at 10:12 AM

This is totally unacceptable and needs to be totally accountable we as health care professionals are offered huge amounts of money to take contracts out there (after hearing this I'd never do this) and part of the contract is living in a secure compound and being driven into areas where one shops and so forth--clearly they do not want even foreigners on this level brought in to give health and prevention care to their citizens to be out among the culture for various reasons. My prayers are with the families of the victims and hope that we as Americans are given a good explanation of what occurred and this killer is tried according to their laws and receives his just reward for this heinous act.

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roadzz April 24 2014 at 10:14 AM

If you go to Afghanistan and get shot you really don't have much cause for complaint.

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twiggymonsterone roadzz April 24 2014 at 10:21 AM

That's right, of course if your a insurgent you can (in-spite of the rule's of war) to be deported, tortured, given no legal consul and generally abused. Heaven forbid we should be humanitarians and help or fellow man. We argue that's what they do, so we can do the same. Shame on those do-gooders!

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GNUTT April 24 2014 at 10:15 AM

Centuries of the Devil's Work will never disappear in this Jungle of Hate Mongers. Either Blow this Country to the Past or GET OUT !! These Infidels have nothing better to do than Kill their own.

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Tommy D. April 24 2014 at 10:15 AM

We are long over due to get out!!!

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ramonbatt April 24 2014 at 10:16 AM

You can called what ever you want? There is no such thing as freedom of democracy if you have a state religion government. Time to pack and let them live their lives!

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jimbo9918 April 24 2014 at 10:16 AM

Another perfect example of why we the USA needs to pack up and get the hell outta Afghanistan, they dont want our help and we certainly dont need more US deaths trying to fix another countires problems!!

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sd69plan April 24 2014 at 10:17 AM

Just another example some of their citizens have their own agenda, which is part of a much bigger agenda in their belief. At a children's hospital no less where medical help is much needed. These killers, and their are many out there, don't give a crap about children and the care they receive from donors. What drives these killers is the sense they will rewarded in heaven. Unfortunately, HELL is their final resting place. So stupid, so misinformed, and of course brainwashed by their belief system.

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