Afghanistan: Tetsu Nakamuras mortal remains sent back to Japan

Elias Hubbard
December 9, 2019

Tetsu Nakamura was killed last week, along with five Afghans who had been traveling with him.

Reports suggest that dead body of Dr. Nakamura is going to be transported to Japan on Saturday.

Nakamura was a Japanese doctor, who did humanitarian work in Afghanistan and is considered national hero of the landlocked South Asian country.

The Fukuoka Prefectural Police will investigate the case as alleged murder and conduct an autopsy to analyze how he was killed.

Vice foreign minister Keisuke Suzuki and other attendants, including his wife, offered a silent prayer at the airport after placing bouquets on his casket wrapped by a white sheet. The 73-year-old physician had been in Afghanistan since 2008 and had taken the lead in water projects in rural areas. An outpouring of sadness have followed his killing, both in Afghanistan and in Japan.

Nakamura was bestowed with honorary citizenship of Afghanistan by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and was the recipient of Ramon Magsaysay Award which is also referred to as Asia's Nobel Prize. The gunmen had fled the scene after the incident and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Asked about conversations he had with Afghan people who accompanied Nakamura all the way home, Murakami said he thanked them and could only cry as they hugged each other.

He also said he's still overwhelmed by Nakamura's death, which he called "a noble sacrifice".

Armed anti-government groups, including the Taliban and the Islamic State, operate in the province.

Shah Mahmood Miakhel, governor of the province, told reporters on Thursday there is evidence that the attack was planned outside of Afghanistan, without elaborating. However, he provided no details, saying more investigation is necessary.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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