KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghans endlessly paid tributes and are shocked across the country at the killing of Japanese physician Tetsu Nakamura, who was gunned down with five Afghans in a roadside shooting the previous day in eastern Nangarhar province.
Hundreds of social media posts expressed sorrow and outrage over the attack that killed the 73-year-old physician who had been in Afghanistan since 2008.
Unknown gunmen opened fire at the vehicle of the Peace Japan Medical Services (PMS) chief, who was rushed to a local hospital. The NGO chief came under attack on his way to inspect a project
“Dr. Nakamura’s driver and four of his bodyguards were killed in the shooting,” said Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial government spokesman the previous day, adding the gunmen fled and police were investigating the incident.
Dr. Nakamura did a lot of works for development of agriculture and won people’s hearts. His services to the people earned him the nickname ”Uncle Murad.”
The Taliban issued a statement soon after the shooting denying responsibility for the attack.
Not only Nangarhar residents are in deep shock but the entire nation is sad over his death as on social media tributes streamed endlessly.
Hundreds of people posted about Dr. Nakamura’s death on Facebook and Twitter and some posted his pictures with poets in his honor.
Renown artist Hamdullah Arbab wrote beneath Dr. Nakamura’s photo on his Facebook wall: “Kaka (uncle) Dr. Nakamura was an Afghan and he died for Afghanistan’s rehabilitation like other Afghans. We are sorry Uncle.”
Writer and social activist Khoshal Khalil uploaded Dr. Nakamura’s photo on his Facebook’s profile and wrote; “Dr. Nakamura was always seen walking with ordinary people in fields. His killing was very easy but not in public.”
Khalil recalled one of Dr. Nakamura’s friends had been kidnapped in 2008 but later people learnt the Taliban had kidnapped him.
He said Dr. Nakamura spent many years between people, but the country’s enemy killed him in a stable area of the city along with his bodyguards.
Dr. Nakamura carried out reconstruction projects in Khewa district.
Zardasht, a resident of the district, posted Dr. Nakamura’s photo on his profile and “Dr. Nakamura was killed for Afghanistan’s water management.”
Noman Dost, a journalist and social media activist, posted Dr. Nakamura’s photo in which he is standing beside a newly constructed cannel.
He wrote, “If the government wants to avenge Dr. Nakamura’s killing, it should freeze bank accounts of some officials and construct a dam on the Kunar’s river in his name.”
Zeerak Fahim said tweeted that Dr. Nakamura hated the war and constructed a water cannel that made Afghanistan green. “I hope after this, the Afghans would work for a peaceful Afghanistan.”
A large number of people posted Dr. Nakamura’s pictures on social media accounts and praised his works for Afghanistan.
Maiwand on his Twitter account shared two pictures of Dr. Nakamura’s works — one showing the scene before Dr. Nakamura’s project in which the area is a desert and another photo is taken after the project completion, in which the land looks fully green.
He said, “Dr. Nakamura was making cannels and streams to improve people’s lives.”
Majid Qarar, a civil society activist, replaced his Twitter profile picture with Dr. Nakamura’s photo and urged other people to do the same in order his family know that Afghans love him.
He said, “We killed our beloved Dr. Nakamura. It is our tragedy.”
A number of residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan also strongly condemned Dr. Nakamura’s death and shared their emotions on social media accounts.
Afrasiab Khattak, a Pakistani politician and intellectual, shared a short poem with Dr. Nakamura’s photo on his twitter post.
Haroon Pacha, a renowned singer also posted a song of him about Dr. Nakamura’s assassination.