In the early hours of Wednesday 3rd of December, six people were killed were reportedly killed in Jalalabad eastern Afghanistan including the head of a Japanese aid agency, Tetsu Nakamura.
Tetsu Nakamura, head of Peace Japan Medical Services, had been involved in rebuilding Afghan irrigation and agriculture and had recently been granted honorary Afghan citizenship for decades of humanitarian work in the east of the country. The gunmen were said to have fled the scene and police have launched a wide search so as to arrest the culprit, Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the governing council said he believed Nakamura had been targeted for his work.
“Dr Nakamura has been doing great work in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, especially in irrigation and agriculture,” he said.
However, no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Afghan Taliban, said the militant group was not involved in the shooting.
“The Afghan government strongly condemns the heinous and cowardly attack on Afghans’ greatest friend, Dr Nakamura,” said Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
“(He) has dedicated all his life to change the lives of Afghans.”
Japan Prime Minister Abe reacting to the killing said he was shocked at the death of Tetsu Nakamura.
The ambush is coming a week after a United Nations vehicle was involved in a grenade attack in Kabul and this has heightened fears for those doing humanitarian work in the country.