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TODAY   |  April 25, 2014

Killed doctor’s wife has no ‘ill will’ toward gunman

There’s been an outpouring of grief for three Americans killed in an attack at a hospital in Afghanistan, and the wife of one, a doctor, made an emotional statement. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.

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>>> meanwhile, we're learning more this morning about a deadly attack at a hospital in afghanistan that claimed the lives of three americans. nbc's keir simmons has more on that. keir, good morning.

>> reporter: hey, matt, good morning. you're about to hear a statement that will leave you in awe of the woman who made it. the wife of a chicago doctor killed in afghanistan says she doesn't blame the people there or even the gunman himself. while his killing increases the fear that u.s. forces leave afghanistan , the militants will turn on non-military western targets. this doctor spent nine years in afghanistan saving the lives of children. he worked in a nicu unit in kabul run by the christian charity cure. he was shot dead thursday in his own hospital bay policeman, thousands of miles from his family in chicago.

>> our family has suffered a great loss. our family and friends have suffered a great loss. and our hearts are aching.

>> reporter: they released these pictures of precious moments together. he was killed with two american friends , yet his wife says they forgive.

>> we don't hold any ill will towards afghanistan in general, or even the gunman who did this.

>> reporter: in afghanistan , the innocent are increasingly targets. 2-year-old abu shot four times, lost his parents during an attack on a hotel last month. now even doctors caring for children are in the firing line, but they will not leave.

>> this doesn't shake our resolve to continue to love the children of afghanistan . the children of afghanistan did not do this.

>> reporter: his charity even says that after the attack, fellow medics stepped in and saved the life of the gunman who just killed their friend. the white house has condemned the attack. the u.s. embassy in kabul described dr. hamanis as a humanitarian. but aside from all the politics, it just leaves you speechless. here's a guy helping afghan families, saving newborn children , training afghans to do the same and he is shot dead while his incredible wife says they won't give up on afghanistan . matt?

>> yeah, no question about it. keir simmons in london for us this morning. thank you very much.