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Morning Security Brief: Three Americans Killed at Afghan Hospital, National Zoo Security Concerns, And More

By Lilly Chapa
Three Americans were killed and another injured by a security guard at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday. The guard opened fire at the U.S.-run Cure International Hospital. At least one of the dead is a doctor, according to Voice of America. The guard, an Afghan police officer, is in police custody. “The attacker was a police security guard there and he opened fire on foreign nationals who went there, and unfortunately three of them have been killed,” Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said. It is unclear whether the Taliban were behind the attack, though the group has claimed responsibility for several recent attacks against foreign nationals in the region. The hospital shooting is also the second insider attack by an Afghan police officer this month—two Associated Press staff were shot by a police officer in Khost, according to CBS.
 
Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. may be changing its security strategy after two 18-year-old men were shot on Monday, the zoo’s director said. No suspect or motive has been released, although police said they believe it might have involved local gang members and the victims were targeted. “We cannot maintain our position was Washington, D.C.’s favorite place for families with children…unless we make it safe,” said National Zoo director Dennis Kelly. “We’re going back to the drawing board…rethinking everything.” Community members pointed out to Kelly that there is virtually no security upon entering the zoo, a stark contrast from all other Smithsonian institutions, which require bag searches and body checks, according to NBC's Washington, D.C., affiliate.
 
In other news, Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) has asked the Government Accountability Office to audit perimeter security at national airports after a 15-year-old hopped the fence of San Jose Airport and hitched a ride to Hawaii in the wheel well of an airplane. Swalwell’s request adds another voice to a formal request made by three members of the House Homeland Security Committee in February. And the Association for a Better New York hosted a discussion on the city’s aging infrastructure following a gas explosion at a Harlem apartment complex that killed eight people. Local experts warned that similar events would continue to occur if the city didn’t put a plan of action in place. 

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