UNAMA condemns hospital killings

KABUL, 25 April 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns the killing of three civilians by a gunman yesterday at a private hospital in Kabul.

All three slain were foreigners who selflessly helped people of Afghanistan in need of medical assistance. The gunman is reported to be a security officer. The motive behind the attack is unknown and no organization has claimed responsibility.

“No civilian, no health or medical facility, and in particular no medical personnel whose duty and mission is to protect lives, should be the focus of such a terrifying act of violence," said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš. “The attack is a blow to Afghanistan - I urge a thorough criminal investigation to bring about justice in this case."

UNAMA expresses its condolences to the family and colleagues of those killed in the attack and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.