Japanese Doctor Shot And Killed In Afghanistan

Japanese doctor shot and killed in Afghanistan

Japanese doctor and aid worker Tetsu Nakamura has been fatally shot while traveling by car in Afghanistan.

Nakamura headed the nongovernmental organization Peshawar-kai, based in Fukuoka City, western Japan.

He spent years helping the people of Afghanistan, such as by building irrigation canals.

Police in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar say Nakamura's car was attacked by unidentified gunmen in the provincial capital Jalalabad on Wednesday.

Nakamura was taken to a local hospital, but hospital officials and local authorities say he succumbed to his injuries.

Local police say five more people, including the driver and Nakamura's bodyguards, were killed in the attack.

Eastern Afghanistan is a hotbed of Islamic extremism.

Anti-government Taliban forces have been active there, and a branch of the Islamic State militant group has been active in the region recently.

The Taliban issued a statement denying involvement in the attack. It said it has never targeted the Japanese NGO supporting the region's economic revival.