Body Of Japanese Doctor Sent To Kabul

Body of Japanese doctor sent to Kabul

The body of a Japanese doctor in Afghanistan has been sent to a hospital in the capital Kabul for a closer examination into the cause of his death.

Tetsu Nakamura was fatally shot on Wednesday when unidentified gunmen opened fire on his vehicle in Jalalabad in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

Five other people who were travelling with him were also killed in the attack. They are the driver and bodyguards.

In Afghanistan, Nakamura was the representative of the branch of the nongovernmental organization Peshawar-kai, based in Fukuoka City, western Japan.

He had spent years in Afghanistan offering humanitarian aid and helping with farming reconstruction projects.

Local police said Nakamura's body was transferred to a military hospital in Kabul on Wednesday night. Soldiers are guarding his coffin adorned with many flowers.

An eyewitness at the scene of Wednesday's attack said that several gunmen in a Japanese car blocked and stopped Nakamura's vehicle, and they then got out of the car and began shooting.

The police suspect that the incident might have been a premeditated attack targeting foreign nationals.

They said a post-mortem has found two bullets inside Nakamura's abdomen.

Local authorities are waiting for his Japanese relatives and members of his aid group to visit Kabul to receive his body. His body will then be flown back to Japan.