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Afghanistan Bids Farewell to Slain Japanese Physician

Dr. Tetsu Nakamura was affectionately known as Uncle Murad to villagers in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. Dr. Tetsu Nakamura was affectionately known as Uncle Murad to villagers in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. | 

Created: December 07, 2019 11:10 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has led a memorial to bid final farewell to a Japanese physician killed earlier this week in a roadside shooting in eastern Afghanistan that also killed five Afghans traveling with him.

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Dr. Tetsu Nakamura was affectionately known as Uncle Murad to villagers in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. That's where he led the development of water and agricultural projects since his arrival in Afghanistan in 2008.

Ghani joined Afghan National Security soldiers Friday in carrying Nakamura's coffin draped in an Afghan flag to a waiting aircraft. Nakamuro's wife and daughter had traveled to Afghanistan to accompany Nakamura home to Japan.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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