Tetsu Nakamura, a Japanese physician, aid worker and head of Peace Japan Medical Services (PMS) died in the hospital after getting seriously wounded by gunmen in Jalalabad city of Nangarhar province, local officials said on Wednesday morning.
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.
Khogiani further added that the gunmen fled the scene but police started investigations.
No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
However, the Taliban militant in a statement denied its involvement in the attack, adding that the PMS was not a military target for the group.
The Afghan government strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardice attack on Afghan’s greatest friend, Dr. Nakmora,” presidential spokesman 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 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.
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.