Three American doctors were killed Thursday when an Afghan police officer opened fire inside one of Kabul’s leading hospitals in the latest deadly attack aimed at foreigners in Afghanistan.
The shooting occurred at Cure International Hospital of Kabul, a 100-bed hospital that specializes in surgery and maternal and child health and treats 37,000 patients annually, the vast majority of them Afghans. The facility is run by Cure, a Christian medical charity that runs hospitals and health programs in 29 countries.
“With great sadness we confirm that three Americans were killed in the attack on Cure Hospital,” the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said in a Twitter statement. “No other information will be released at this time.”
Security officials said that a police officer working at the checkpoint closest to the hospital came into the facility through a visitor’s entrance at about 9:30 a.m. and fired on an American doctor who was welcoming three colleagues for a meeting.