Tetsu Nakamura: Japanese physician amongst six lifeless in Afghan gun assault

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Dr Nakamura headed a Japanese charity and served in rural areas of Afghanistan


A Japanese physician who devoted his profession to enhancing the lives of Afghans has died, after being injured in an assault in japanese Afghanistan.

Officers say gunmen shot Tetsu Nakamura, 73, whereas he was travelling in a automotive to observe a venture.


5 different Afghans had been additionally killed within the assault, which occurred within the metropolis of Jalalabad.

Dr Nakamura headed a Japanese charity centered on enhancing irrigation within the nation.

In October this yr, he was awarded honorary citizenship from the Afghan authorities for his humanitarian work.

No-one has but claimed accountability for the assault and the explanation behind the assault stays unclear.

The US Embassy in Kabul has condemned the assault, saying “assist employees will not be targets”.

Assaults of this sort are pretty widespread in Afghanistan.

Final week, an US nationwide working for the UN in Afghanistan was killed in a blast focusing on the UN car.

Analysis by the BBC discovered that a mean of 74 males, girls and youngsters had been killed day-after-day in Afghanistan within the month of August alone.

How did the assault unfold?

Dr Nakamura was travelling in a car in Jalalabad metropolis within the japanese province of Nangarhar on Wednesday morning when he got here underneath assault.

He was shot on the suitable facet of his chest and was within the means of being transferred to a hospital close to the capital Kabul when he died at Jalalabad airport, officers instructed AFP information company.

His three safety guards, a driver and a colleague of his had been additionally killed, stated Attuallah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar’s governor.

Images from the scene confirmed a white pickup truck with not less than three bullet holes in its windscreen.

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Bullet holes are seen within the window of the car

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He was attacked whereas inside this white pickup truck on Wednesday

Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council in Nangarhar instructed Reuters that the gunmen fled the scene.

Who’s Tetsu Nakamura?

Dr Nakamura was born within the Japanese metropolis of Fukuoka in 1946.

He went on to grow to be a health care provider in Japan however finally moved to Pakistan in 1984 to deal with sufferers with leprosy.

Two years later, he headed to Afghanistan, the place he would go on to open his very first clinic in a distant village in Nangarhar and set up his NGO, the Peace Japan Medical Providers (PMS).

At its peak, PMS operated 10 clinics offering assist for leprosy sufferers and refugees amongst others.

Dr Nakamura had additionally closely been concerned within the development of wells and irrigation in villages the place many suffered from cholera and different ailments due to a scarcity of unpolluted water.

In 2003, he received the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, broadly thought to be the Asian equal of the Nobel Prize.

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Dr Nakamura has been recognised for his work

In 2014, Dr Nakamura instructed information outlet the Japan Instances that he took a special path to work every day to make sure his security.

Nonetheless, he additionally added that the most effective precaution he may take was to “befriend everybody”.

“I’ve tried to make no enemies. . . . One of the best ways is to befriend everybody, even when that makes individuals suppose I lack rules. As a result of the persons are the one factor I can depend upon there,” he had stated.

“And that is surprisingly more practical than carrying a gun.”

What has been stated about him?

Many in Afghanistan are actually paying tribute to Dr Nakamura.

The Ambassador of the Netherlands Embassy in Kabul Ernst Noorman referred to as the killing “mindless”, saying Dr Nakamura had devoted his life to the “peace and growth of Afghanistan”.

Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for Afghan president Ashraf Ghani echoed the sentiment on Twitter.

“[He] devoted all his life to vary the lives of Afghans.”

“He got here all the way in which from his homeland Japan to Afghanistan. He supplied consuming and irrigation water to [the] poor,” stated one commenter on Twitter.

“At the moment Afghanistan misplaced a real hero and a public servant,” one other stated. “He devoted his life to the medical remedy of susceptible individuals in Afghanistan.”