Kabul hospital guard opens fire, kills foreign doctor

KABUL (AFP) - A guard at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity opened fire on staff Thursday, killing at least one foreign doctor and wounding several other people, medics told AFP.

"He was a guard, he has shot doctors here. One foreign doctor is dead," said a doctor who was treating the wounded at the Cure International hospital in the Afghan capital.

Cure International is a non-profit organisation based in Pennsylvania, operating hospitals in 29 countries.

"There has been a shooting at the hospital. Initial reports say a hospital guard has opened fire on some doctors including foreigners," Najib Danish, deputy spokesman at the interior ministry, told AFP. "There have been some casualties."

Last month Taleban militants attacked a Kabul guesthouse used by Roots of Peace, a US anti-landmine charity, killing two people including a girl.

Kabul has been hit by a spate of attacks targeting foreign civilians this year, including a Lebanese restaurant where 21 people died, an attack on a luxury hotel and the daylight shooting of a Swedish radio journalist.