Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors


Associated Press

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 6:33 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say one of the three American doctors who were shot and killed today by an Afghan security guard at a hospital in Kabul was with Cure International, and had worked with children in the Afghan capital for seven years.

The other two were a father and son. Officials say an American nurse was wounded in the attack.

The security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors, in the latest in a string of deadly attacks on foreign civilians in Afghanistan this year.

Police say the attacker was a member of the protection force that was assigned to guard the hospital. According to a health ministry spokesman, the gunman was wounded in the attack -- apparently shot by other security forces -- and underwent surgery at the same hospital under heavy police guard.

It's not clear whether the Taliban were behind today's shooting, though the insurgents have claimed responsibility for several major attacks that killed foreign civilians this year.

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152-c-07-(Kay Johnson, AP correspondent)-"a Christian charity"-AP correspondent Kay Johnson reports that two of those targeted were a father and son, both attached to Cure, a group specializing in child and maternity health as well as general surgery. (24 Apr 2014)

<<CUT *152 (04/24/14)££ 00:07 "a Christian charity"

154-c-15-(Kay Johnson, AP correspondent)-"in Kabul before"-AP correspondent Kay Johnson reportsviolence is spiking in Afghanistan, but this attack on medical workers has shocked many. (24 Apr 2014)

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APPHOTO MAH109: Foreign security guards stand near the main gate of Cure International Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, April 24, 2014. The U.S. embassy in Afghanistan says three American doctors have been killed at by an Afghan security guard who opened fire at a hospital in Kabul. The shooting at Cure International Hospital in western Kabul was the latest attack on foreign civilians in the Afghan capital this year. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) (24 Apr 2014)

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