Three Americans killed in Kabul hospital attack
Three Americans were killed on Thursday when a security guard opened fire at a Kabul hospital funded by a U.S. Christian charity, the latest in a spate of attacks on foreign civilians in Afghanistan.
Attacks on security forces, Afghan civilians and Westerners have been on the rise since the beginning of the year as Western forces prepare to leave the country and Afghans choose a new president.
“We can confirm three Americans were killed,” said a U.S. Embassy official, without providing further details. A fourth American was wounded, the Afghan Health Ministry said.
The attacker, a policeman employed as a security guard at the Cure Hospital, was captured, the ministry said. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for similar attacks this year, but made no comment about Thursday’s shooting.
Those killed included a doctor, and a father and son visiting the hospital, Health Minister Suriya Dalil said.
“As they were walking out of the hospital, the security guard opened fire on them, killing three and wounding another one,” an Interior Ministry official said.
Among the dead were Dr. Jerry Umanos, a Chicago pediatrician who volunteered for nearly a decade in Afghanistan training medical residents and seeing patients, according to the Chicago health center where he had worked for more than a quarter century.