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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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Paul April 24 2014 at 11:56 AM

Why are we still in Afghanistan. We don't belong there, they don't want us there and it is costing us human lives and lots of money. For what. We should bring all our troops home not only from Afghanistan but from the Middle East, put some on the Mexican border

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kostas April 24 2014 at 9:33 AM

One of the Greek philosophers said how can you talk peace with barbarians,
These people have been killing each other for centuries, They are tribal and we help one tribe
and the others kill us because we are helping the people that are killing them.

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Maria kostas April 24 2014 at 9:45 AM

I agree. The French were kicked out of Vietnam, as we were. The Russians were kicked out of Afghanistan. We have lost so many of our children ... and what for? Support our Troops ... Bring them home! "Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it." We cannot police the world!

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alexconvoy April 24 2014 at 9:34 AM

that imbecile's life is officially over. once he's healed, he will be tortured to unimaginable proportions. pathetic piece of garbage. and his taliban loser friends won't be there to help him out. i can't even imagine the torture this piece of sh*t will endure since he killed Americans. well he deserves it. and if he has family, he's got it even worst cause behind closed doors, he basically screwed over his family. they too most definitely will pay for his sins. behind closed doors. like i said.

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n3mpw April 24 2014 at 9:34 AM

what an absolute disgrace. Shame on you people who are responsible for this.
These doctors and medical assistants go around the world to save people and your children and this is what they get.
I just don't understand what your people, your logic, or your Godly teachings?
To me your just murdering thugs that have no basis of religion, God, or peace.

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alohaken73 n3mpw April 24 2014 at 9:49 AM

very well put. thank you.

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rma101560 n3mpw April 24 2014 at 9:50 AM

You just don't get it. You are trying to press Western values on an Eastern culture There is a deep-seated hatred in Afghanistan/Iran for the West and anybody from the West. These killers don't feel shame. They are honored as heroes. "Shame on you" makes it sound like you are scolding a puppy for peeing on your carpet.

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joet7373 April 24 2014 at 9:35 AM

its time we say BYE BYE

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PAPPY April 24 2014 at 9:37 AM

This has got to end! We are putting our people in harms way to help those that only want to kill us! Will we ever learn that we can not change these peoples views on life and death!

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rkristafr PAPPY April 24 2014 at 9:44 AM

they were volunteers.

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TLKEDOVARY rkristafr April 24 2014 at 9:50 AM

Does not matter if they were volunteers or enlisted army doctors! We should NOT be there! When you volunteer to go into a war zone, the possibility is there that your chances of survival are compromised. In this case it was. Sad, but a true reality that we cannot change these murderous religious morons! Get out of hell (KABUL, Afghanistan), the devil is there!

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glers PAPPY April 24 2014 at 9:50 AM

we are there to control the Heroin

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legendofxanadoo April 24 2014 at 11:39 AM

Oh God..here we are .... our talented , peace thinking medical and non violent team attaqued and some killed by those very same people that those doctors helps..out of their good heart ...not only that does not make sense ,but it also show how ignorant and evil minded those so called 'islamics are' .. full of hate and just seeking to destroy the spirit of those that are here just to improve their conditions .....BRING THE BOYS HOME....those people have not learn anything and as soon as we go, it will be back as usual..terrorists heaven and civil chaos . ...also Where are all those hypocritical so called LEADERS OF ISLAM AND PEACE ....they are just hiding ,laughing and waiting for another blood bath to happen again...we are waisting our very precious ressources and times with those bastards !

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Sandi April 24 2014 at 11:37 AM


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ccbagpipes Sandi April 24 2014 at 11:51 AM

That isan insult to legitimate heathens

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Buckingham's April 24 2014 at 11:36 AM

Make sure the gunman gets a fair trial, followed by his execution.

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timetojumpout April 24 2014 at 9:42 AM

WHY are we still there? Another promise nobama didn't keep. Let them go back to killing each other and NOT us. Who cares if they kill each other.

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