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Head of Japanese NGO Attacked in Nangarhar

04 December 2019

Tetsu Nakamura was a Japanese national who was engaged in managing a charity organization in the eastern Jalalabad city for many many years.

Police in Afghanistan say a vehicle carrying a Japanese doctor, Tetsu Nakamura, was attacked by an unidentified gunman in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Wednesday.

The incident came days after Tadamichi Yamamoto, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, met with Ghani to discuss the safety of UN personnel after a deadly attack in the capital Kabul.

Nangarhar police said they were searching for the attackers, who fled the scene, and that an investigation was underway.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was "shocked" by Nakamura's death, while the Afghan presidential office deplored the killing of "one of Afghanistan's greatest friends".

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Peshawar-kai was founded by associates of Nakamura, who had lived and worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 1984 when he went to treat leprosy patients among Afghan refugees.

Nakamura was seriously wounded and was reported to be in critical condition immediately after the attack.

Nakamura also described a variety of his organisation's projects to help Afghans, including the construction of wells and irrigation canals, as well as health services. "Then the gunmen left the area through a small street".

On November 24, Anil Raj, an American who worked for the UN Development Programme in Afghanistan, was killed when his vehicle was targeted in a bombing in Kabul. Its side windows appeared to have been shot out, and at least three bullet holes could be seen in the windscreen.

No other groups or individuals have claimed the responsibility of this attack.

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Nangarhar was once a hotbed of activity for the Islamic State group's Afghanistan affiliate.

Their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that the insurgent group "has no connection" to Wednesday's attack and does not consider the Japanese charity a target in the holy war the Taliban are waging to create an Islamic emirate.

Also in the capital, the Taliban in May targeted Counterpart International, a US-funded non-profit group working with marginalised people.

The Taliban control or hold sway over almost half of Afghanistan, staging near-daily attacks that target Afghan forces and government officials but also kill scores of civilians.

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Head of Japanese NGO Attacked in Nangarhar