Japanese doctor and humanitarian worker Tetsu Nakamura died Wednesday after gunmen attacked the car in which he was traveling in northeastern Afghanistan, official sources reported.
Nakamura, head of the medical services of the NGO Peace Medical Service (PMS), died in the hospital after being seriously injured by armed men in the city of Jalalabad, in the eastern province of Nangarhar, confirmed Afghan officials quoted by Ariana news .
According to the provincial spokesman, Attaullah Khogianai, the attack occurred when his car was headed to the provincial capital Jalalabad, and five of Nakamura's bodyguards also died in the events.
Nakamura, who was shot in the chest, was aware after the attack and was treated at a hospital in Jalalabad, according to Japanese aid group Peshawar-kai, the Kyodo agency reported.
According to the Japanese Agency for International Cooperation (JICA), Peace Medical Service is an Afghan NGO headed by the Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura and supported by the Japanese NGO Peshawar-kai, based in the city of Fukuoka, southwest Japan.
Nakamura, 73, had been providing medical assistance near the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan for years. He also participated in the construction of irrigation canals and tree planting activities from a drought in Afghanistan in 2000.
Recognizing his contributions, the Afghan government praised Nakamura last year and granted him the country's honorary citizenship last October.
So far no armed group has assumed responsibility for the armed attack against the NGO.
Armed anti-government groups, including the Taliban and the Islamic State, operate in the eastern province of Nangarhar.