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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.

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by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
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..!!
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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!!!!!!!!!
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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.

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