News / Asia

3 Americans Killed in Kabul Hospital Attack

  • An Afghan police officer stands at the gate of Cure Hospital after three Americans were killed, Kabul, April 24, 2014.
  • Women leave the Cure Hospital after an attack killed three Americans, Kabul, April 24, 2014.
  • Afghan police secure the area outside Cure Hospital after three Americans were killed, Kabul, April 24, 2014.
  • An Afghan policeman prevents journalists from approaching Cure International Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 24, 2014.
Ayaz Gul
An Afghan security guard on Thursday opened fire at an international hospital in Kabul, killing three American doctors. The assailant was shot and wounded by his colleagues and has been hospitalized under police custody. The attack is said to be the sixth deadly incident this year in Afghanistan in which foreign civilians have been targeted.
Afghan Interior Ministry officials say the deadly attack occurred when an Afghan security guard opened fire at Kabul’s Cure International Hospital.
Ministry spokesman Sadiq Sidiqqi said the “unfortunate” incident is under investigation and the assailant's motives have yet to be determined.  “The attacker was also shot by the other security guard and he is now under the serious watch of police but he is now in the hospital. We do not yet know the motives and the reasons behind this attack,” he said.

Afghan officials said a fourth American was wounded in the shooting and that two of the dead were father and son physicians who were visiting the hospital at the time of the attack. The third doctor killed had worked at the Kabul facility for seven years.

In a post on its website, CURE said the shooter was not an employee of CURE but a member of the security detail assigned to the hospital. The charity said the assailant "shot himself after the attack" and was initially treated at the CURE hospital before being transferred into the custody of the Afghan government.
In a brief statement on Twitter, the U.S. Embassy said that “with great sadness we can confirm that three Americans were killed in the attack on Cure hospital”. 

NATO on Thursday strongly condemned the "heinous" attack, calling it an "appalling crime against civilians who worked to make Afghanistan a better place and to help the sick and injured."  

A NATO official added that the process of handing over security to Afghan forces is on track and will be completed at the end of the year. The official said, "we expect there will still be fighting and there will still be an insurgency in 2015, but what matters is that the Taliban do not represent an existential threat to the functioning of the Afghan state."

The hospital run by U.S.-based Christian charity Cure is considered one of the leading health facilities and training institutes in Afghanistan. CURE's website says the organization began operating the International Hospital in Kabul in 2005. The group says the hospital is focused on maternity and pediatric care and serves 37,000 patients a year.
Thursday's attack was the latest on foreigners in the war-torn country. Earlier this month, an Afghan policeman opened fire on two Associated Press journalists, wounding the reporter and killing the photographer in the country's east.

It is unclear whether the Taliban is responsible for the shooting, which comes just days after Taliban insurgents stormed Kabul’s Serena Hotel and killed at least 9 people, including a senior Afghan journalist with AFP.  In March, a Swedish journalist was gunned down in the highly secured Wazir Akbar Khan residential part of the Afghan capital, while a Taliban assault on a restaurant in Kabul earlier this year killed 21 people, including 13 foreign civilians.

You May Like

Beijing Warns US on S. China Sea Patrols

Warning follows news reports Thursday that US military is planning to sail warships close to artificial islands Beijing has been aggressively building More

Indian PM Calls for Unity Amid Tense Climate Over Beef Attacks

Recent series of beef-related incidents seen as signs of rising intolerance toward Muslims and other religious minorities More

Why These Are New York City's Most Treasured Spaces

Under threat of jail time and fines, some New York property owners are not allowed to renovate their spaces without prior approval More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
April 24, 2014 10:36 PM
This is the act of Terrorist Taliban or branch of Al Qaida. USA MUST use full force to eliminate Terrorist Taliban from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Saudi Arabia is the main sponsor of Terrorist Al Qaida and its branches. USA must talk to SA to stop ALL types of help to these Terrorist Organisation to kill innocent people. Islam never teaches us to kill our guests. This is the training and haterate education in SA to kill any body and go to paradise. I did not read any Islamic book or QURAN to kill our guests, then God will be happy. USA should not discourage by acts of these terrorist, they should eliminate from roots before their departure. I am sure God will be happy to kill those human killers.

by: Abu Hamza from: Egypt
April 24, 2014 5:28 PM
what is amazing is that the Americans have still yet to understand the Middle East and Islam. Listen America, the Arabs hate you and Israel and Britain - congenitally..!!! it is inveteracy of jealousy and hate that Islam fosters..!!! you can not win "Hearts and Minds"... because there are no Hearts and by now you should have realized there are no Minds..!!! you import these squalid Muslims into your country at your peril..!!! they will kill your children, they will slaughter you - be aware of this - because its true..!!
In Response

by: ali baba from: new york
April 25, 2014 2:33 AM
Arab world and Islam hate America because American are more educated, .Americans are more intelligent. American are richer. Remember that half of Egyptian are starved .half Egyptian are sick with kidney and liver disease . do not beg for mercy for wheat and other aids. Radical Islam are going to be doomed . Now you know the effect of Islam. Effect of Islam is hunger, ignorant ,disease. enjoy the barbaric culture of Islam

by: ngo ang from: NEW YORK
April 24, 2014 11:13 AM
Please for God's sake America should come out of Afghanistan and even other Arab countries, and save these precious young lives, please, please. This is terrible.
Afghan people with the help of other Arabs can take care of their problem. We have more serious wars in American cities such as New York and Chicago ,where people are being shot every day; women raped and killed or shot to death by their partners. Drug dealers destroying our young with dangerous drugs. Please, Mr Obama and congress make America safe first before focusing on outside. Please!!!!!!!!!
In Response

by: ali baba from: new york
April 24, 2014 12:03 PM
they find happiness for killing American soldiers. these barbaric afghan they forget that American build hospital ,feed them .still they never appreciate that. the best course of action is get out of afghisstan cut all types of aids and let them kill each other of the sake of Islam and basha baize

by: John from: Texas
April 24, 2014 10:48 AM
Another example of the huge waste that is associated with the basket case known as Afghanistan! Terrible, unthankful people abound in that hell-hole...

by: Steve from: Jenison, MI
April 24, 2014 10:41 AM
This is a good reason why All foreigners need to leave.
This is going to keep happening.
This is a war we can't win.
When is enough...enough.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
House Republicans in Chaos as Speaker Favorite Withdrawsi
Jim Malone
October 09, 2015 12:32 AM
The Republican widely expected to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives shocked his colleagues Thursday by announcing he was withdrawing his candidacy. The decision by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy means the race to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner is now wide open. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports.

Video House Republicans in Chaos as Speaker Favorite Withdraws

The Republican widely expected to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives shocked his colleagues Thursday by announcing he was withdrawing his candidacy. The decision by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy means the race to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner is now wide open. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports.

Video German, US Officials Investigate Volkswagen

German officials have taken steps to restore some of the reputation their car industry has lost after a recent Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. Authorities have searched Volkswagen headquarters and other locations in an effort to identify the culprits in the creation of software that helps cheat on emission tests. Meanwhile, a group of lawmakers in Washington held a hearing to get to the bottom of the cheating strategy that was first discovered in the United States. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Why Are Gun Laws So Hard for Congress to Tackle?

Since taking office, President Barack Obama has spoken out or issued statements about 15 mass shootings. The most recent shooting, in which 10 people were killed at a community college, sparked outrage over the nation's gun laws. But changing those laws isn't as easy as many think. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.

Video Hungary Criticized for Handling of Refugees

Amnesty International has accused Hungary of breaking multiple international and European human rights laws in its handling of the refugee crisis. As Henry Ridgwell reports, thousands of migrants and refugees continue to travel through the Balkans to Hungary every day.

Video Iraqi-Kurdish Teachers Vow to Continue Protest

Sixteen people were injured when police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse teachers and other public employees who took to the streets in Iraq’s Kurdish north, demanding their salaries from the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). VOA’s Dilshad Anwar, in Sulaimaniya, caught up with protesting teachers who say they have not been paid for three months. Parke Brewer narrates his report.

Video Syrian Village Community Faces Double Displacement in Lebanon

Driven by war from their village in southwestern Syria, a group of families found shelter in Lebanon, resettling en masse in a half-built university to form one of the biggest settlements of its kind in Lebanon. Three years later, however, they now face being kicked out and dispersed in a country where finding shelter as a refugee can be especially tough. John Owens has more for VOA from the city of Saida, also known as Sidon.

Video Bat Colony: Unusual Tourist Attraction in Texas

The action hero Batman might be everyone’s favorite but real bats hardly get that kind of adoration. Put more than a million of these creatures of the night together and it only evokes images of horror. Sarah Zaman visited the largest urban bat colony in North America to see just how well bat and human get along with each other.

Video Device Shows Promise of Stopping Motion Sickness

It’s a sickening feeling — the dizziness, nausea and vomiting that comes with motion sickness. But a device now being developed could stop motion sickness by suppressing certain signals in the brain. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.

Video Making a Mint

While apples, corn, and cranberries top the list of fall produce in the US, it’s also the time to harvest gum, candy, and toothpaste—or at least the oil that makes them minty fresh. Erika Celeste reports from South Bend, Indiana on the mint harvest.

Video Activists Decry Lagos Slum Demolition

Acting on a court order, authorities in Nigeria demolished a slum last month in the commercial capital, Lagos. But human rights activists say the order was illegal, and the community was razed to make way for a government housing project. Chris Stein has more from Lagos.

Video TPP Agreed, But Faces Stiff Opposition

President Barack Obama promoted the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Tuesday, one day after 12 Pacific Rim nations reached the free trade deal in Atlanta. The controversial pact that would involve about 40 percent of global trade still needs approval by lawmakers in respective countries. Zlatica Hoke reports Obama is facing strong opposition to the deal, including from members of his own party.

Video Ukranian Artist Portrays Putin in an Unusual Way

As Russian President Vladimir Putin was addressing the United Nations in New York last month, he was also being featured in an art exhibition in Washington. It’s not a flattering exhibit. It’s done by a Ukrainian artist in a unique medium. And its creator says it’s not only a work of art - it’s a political statement. VOA’s Tetiana Kharchenko has more.

VOA Blogs