A Japanese doctor has been killed in an attack in Afghanistan, just weeks after he received recognition for his humanitarian work.
Dr Tetsu Nakamura headed a Japanese charity working to improve irrigation in Afghanistan and had been in the country since 1986. Earlier this year, he was awarded honorary citizenship from the Afghan government for his humanitarian work, and last month, he was honoured by the Japan Medical Association for his contribution to global health.
According to the World Medical Association (WMA), he was shot by gunmen in an attack in the city of Jalalaba and died as a result of the injuries sustained in the incident. His three security guards, driver and a colleague were also killed in the attack.
In a statement, the WMA condemned the “abhorrent” attack on the 73-year-old doctor. “I am appalled by this senseless attack on a man who has given his life to working for the betterment of humanity in Afghanistan,” said WMA President Dr Miguel Jorge.
“Attacks on healthcare personnel around the world are an outrage that must be stopped. Wherever they work, people delivering health care must be respected and protected. The world must speak up to condemn these atrocious acts,” Dr Jorge said.