Gunmen kill head of Japan support company, 5 others in Afghanistan

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KABUL/NANGARHAR, Afghanistan (Information) – Gunmen killed six folks, together with the top of a Japanese support company, on Wednesday in an assault on their car in Jalalabad in japanese Afghanistan, officers mentioned.

FILE PHOTO: Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani (R) and Japanese physician Tetsu Nakamura pose for a photograph, on this undated image, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan Presidential Palace/Handout through Information/File Picture

The ambush comes per week after a grenade assault on a United Nations car in Kabul heightened fears for these doing humanitarian work amid one of many world’s longest-running conflicts.

Tetsu Nakamura, head of Peace Japan Medical Companies, had been concerned in rebuilding Afghan irrigation and agriculture and had not too long ago been granted honorary Afghan citizenship for many years of humanitarian work within the east of the nation.

“I’m shocked that he needed to die on this method,” Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed a information convention in Tokyo.

“He risked his life in a harmful surroundings to do numerous work, and the folks of Afghanistan had been very grateful to him,” Abe added.

The gunmen fled the scene and police have launched a search operation to arrest them, Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the governing council within the province of Nangarhar instructed Information, including he believed Nakamura had been focused for his work.

“Dr. Nakamura has been doing nice work within the reconstruction of Afghanistan, particularly in irrigation and agriculture,” he mentioned.

No group has but claimed accountability for the assault, however Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Afghan Taliban, mentioned the militant group was not concerned within the taking pictures.

“The Afghan authorities strongly condemns the heinous and cowardly assault on Afghans’ best buddy, Dr. Nakamura,” mentioned Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for Afghan president Ashraf Ghani.

“(He) has devoted all his life to alter the lives of Afghans.”

Reporting by Ahmad Sultan in Nangarhar, Abdul Qadir Sediqi in Kabul and Junko Fujita in Tokyo; Writing by Alasdair Pal; Modifying by Gareth Jones