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  • 26 April 2014, 16:32

Father And Son Killed In Kabul Hospital Shooting

Two Americans who were killed by an Afghan security guard in a shooting at a Kabul hospital have been named.

Health clinic administrator Jon Gabel and his father Gary died, and Jon's wife was hurt, when the guard opened fire as the family entered the grounds of Cure International Hospital.

They were visiting paediatrician Dr Jerry Umanos from Chicago, who had worked in the capital for seven years and was also killed in last Thursday's attack.

Jon Gabel ran a clinic at Kabul University providing low-cost medicine and also volunteered to teach computer classes, as well as working for US charity Morning Star Development.

The attacker was a member of the Afghan Public Protection Force assigned to guard the hospital, according to District Police Chief Hafiz Khan. The motive for the attack remains unclear.

The 100-bed hospital specialises in children's and maternal care and is considered one of Afghanistan's leading hospitals.

It is run by the children's charity Cure International, based in Pennsylvania.

The group's chief financial officer Mark Knech told reporters the organisation "remains committed to serve the people of Afghanistan".

He also asked for prayers for "the families of the victims and those affected by the shooting, as well as the peace in Afghanistan".

Dr Bruce Rowell, from Chicago's Lawndale Christian Health Center, where Dr Umanos worked for more than 25 years, said his former colleague was "for many of us on staff, the paediatrician for our very own children".

He added: "This loss is a great loss for his family, for those of us he worked with as well as for the people of Afghanistan.

"He was a loving and caring physician who served all of his patients with the utmost of respect."

Dale Brantner, President and CEO of Cure International said: "Dr Jerry Umanos had faithfully served the Afghan people as a pediatrician at the hospital for more than seven years.

"My heart is deeply grieved for his wife and family, as well as the families of the other men killed."