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Gunman kills 3 Americans at Kabul hospital
Violence » Chicago pediatrician among those killed.


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The hospital attacker, who has not been identified, served in the Afghan Public Protection Force and was assigned as a guard at the facility, District Police Chief Hafiz Khan said. The APPF is an armed security force under the Interior Ministry that was created to protect foreign organizations.

According to its website, the Cure International Hospital was founded in 2005 by invitation of the Afghan Health Ministry. It sees 37,000 patients a year, specializing in child and maternity health as well as general surgery.

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It is affiliated with the Christian charity Cure International, which operates in 29 countries.

Umanos, the slain doctor, "was always working to help inner-city kids and trying to help out any needy, poor kids anywhere," said Jeff Schuitema, his brother-in-law.

"Our families and friends have suffered a great loss, and our hearts are aching," said Jan Schuitema, Umanos’ wife, at the family home in Chicago. "We don’t hold any ill will towards Afghanistan in general or even the gunman who did this. We don’t know what his history is."

Mark Knecht, Cure International’s chief financial officer, told reporters outside the group’s headquarters in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, that it "remains committed to serve the people of Afghanistan."

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Associated Press writers Amir Shah in Kabul, Peter Jackson in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, and Don Babwin in Chicago contributed to this report.




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