Afghan police guard opens fire at Kabul hospital killing 3 Americans

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Kabul, Afghanistan (4E) – Three Americans, including a Chicago doctor, were killed near the gate of a hospital compound in Kabul on Thursday after an Afghan police guard opened fired at them while they were walking towards the building.

The U.S. embassy in Kabul condemned the shooting at the Cure International and killing of the civilian humanitarian workers, one of whom was Dr. Jerry Umanos. Umanos was a pediatrician at West Side’s Lawndale Christian Health Center for more than 16 years before he and his wife relocated to Afghanistan.

The embassy did not reveal the names of the other fatalities and the wounded.

Umanos was with four other doctors walking toward the hospital building when they were fired upon, according to Bektash Torkystani, a Ministry of Health spokesman. One of the five was injured and was treated in the same hospital.

Another policeman in the area shot and injured the attacker, who is also being treated at the same hospital. The motive for the killing is still being investigated.

The killing of Umanos and two other Americans followed the deadly attacks on foreign civilians and journalists in recent weeks.

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