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Doctor from Lemoyne-based charity killed in Afghanistan

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CURE International at 701 Bosler Avenue, Lemoyne CURE International at 701 Bosler Avenue, Lemoyne

An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of doctors at a Kabul hospital affiliated with the central Pennsylvania-based charity CURE International Thursday morning, killing three American physicians and wounding two others that include a U.S. nurse, officials said.

Dale Brantner, President and CEO of CURE International, confirmed one of the dead is Dr. Jerry Umanos of Chicago, a pediatrician at CURE International Hospital for more than seven years.

Afghan officials said the others killed were a father and son.

CURE International, based in Lemoyne, is a non-profit organization that operates hospitals and programs in 29 countries worldwide.

According to its website, CURE International has been serving the Afghan people since 2002, and CURE International Hospital was founded in 2005 at the invitation of the Afghan government. Its 27 doctors and 64 nurses see 37,000 patients a year at the hospital, which specializes in pediatric and maternity care.

A spokesman said the nonprofit currently has no staff from Pennsylvania serving in Afghanistan.

The shooting is the first fatal incident at CARE International's facilities in Afghanistan since coming to the country in 2002

Brantner said the attacker was a member of the security detail assigned to guard the hospital, and was not an employee of the nonprofit.

He said the attacker was wounded when he shot himself after the attack and was treated at the same hospital, but has since been transferred to the custody of the Afghan government.

Brantner said CURE International remains committed to loving and serving the Afghan people, and he asked for prayers for the victims' families and all those affected by the tragedy.

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