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Japanese Aid Worker Dies After Attack in Nangarhar

Japanese Aid Worker Dies After Attack in Nangarhar

JALALABAD – Dr. Tetsu Nakamura, a Japanese doctor who headed the NGO Peace Medical Service in Nangarhar, died on Wednesday from gunfire wounds sustained during a morning attack in Nangarhar, confirmed Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s spokesman.
According to provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogianai, the incident happened when his car was heading to the provincial capital, Jalalabad and five others including Nakamura’s bodyguards were also killed in the attack.
At approximately 8 am on Wednesday, Nakamura was wounded in an attack on his vehicle that killed five Afghan bodyguards and an Afghan driver.
Nakamura later died from his wounds at Jalalabad airport while awaiting an airlift to Bagram airbase, said Khogyani.
According to provincial officials, the gunmen fled the scene and police are investigating. The Taliban’s spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid tweeted that the Taliban has “no connection” with the attack, and no other group has so far claimed responsibility.
The Afghan government strongly condemned the “heinous and coward attack on Afghan’s greatest friend, Dr. Nakmora,” presidential spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi tweeted.” who has dedicated all his life to change the lives of Afghans, working on water management, dams and improving traditional agriculture in Afghanistan.”
UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in a tweet condemned and expressed its revulsion at the killing of the Japanese aid worker, calling it “a senseless act of violence against a man who dedicated much of his life to helping most vulnerable.
Nangarhar governor Shah Mahmood Meyakhail said, “All of the people of Nangarhar were saddened by Nakamura’s death and were thankful for the many years he spent helping the people.”
Nakamura was a Japanese aid worker who served as head of Peace Japan Medical Services in Nangarhar province. His humanitarian works were focused on providing medical services to villages and Afghan refugees in eastern Afghanistan provinces, while from 2003, he began working to improve irrigation conditions in rural areas of the country.
Afghan president Ashraf Ghani granted him honorary citizenship for his 15 years of service to people of Afghanistan and his humanitarian work in the country, fighting against water scarcity.
No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
(Sahar News)

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