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Guard Kills 3 Americans at Christian Hospital in Afghanistan

Pediatrician "felt called" to leave Chicago's Lawndale Christian Health Center for Kabul.
Guard Kills 3 Americans at Christian Hospital in Afghanistan
Image: CURE International
CURE hospital in Kabul.

Three Americans—including a Christian doctor from Chicago—were killed Thursday morning outside a Kabul hospital after an Afghan security guard shot them.

The attack occurred at the CURE International Hospital, a Christian hospital specializing in pediatrics and women's health. The victims included a father and son who were visiting the hospital, as well as Jerry Umanos, a pediatrician who worked at the hospital. Two other people were injured in the shooting.

"He always had a desire to be the hands and feet of Christ," said Jane Schuitema, Umanos' wife. "He was always a light for Christ, and he had a love and commitment that he expressed for the Afghan people because of that love for Christ."

According to a statement from Dale Brantner, CEO of CURE International (full text below):

The shooter was not an employee of CURE International, but rather a member of the Afghan police detail assigned to protect the hospital. The assailant shot himself ...
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