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Published on Dec 7, 2019
A memorial was held at Kabul Airport, Saturday, December 7, in honor of a Japanese aid worker killed in eastern Afghanistan earlier in the week. The Japanese aid worker and his five colleagues were killed Wednesday morning in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. Nakamura came to Afghanistan in the 1980s to help treat leprosy patients in Afghanistan and refugee camps in Pakistan during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. His body is leaving Afghanistan as “Kaka Murad” or Uncle Murad, revered by millions of people across the country who feel indebted to his three decades of humanitarian work in the war-torn country. Nakamura, 73, and his staff were shot and killed, with Nakamura dying of his wounds on the way to Bagram Airfield, a U.S. military base in northern Afghanistan, local Afghan officials said. President Ashraf Ghani bestowed upon Nakamura an honorary Afghan citizenship in October, and earlier this year residents of Nangarhar province campaigned on social media for him to become the mayor of Jalalabad city. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack against the group. The Taliban denied responsibility for it, but Afghan officials and civil society activists are blaming the insurgent group for it.