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Japanese Aid Worker Dies After Attack in Nangarhar

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(Last Updated On: December 4, 2019)

Tetsu Nakamura, a Japanese physician, aid worker and head of Peace Japan Medical Services (PMS) died in the hospital after getting seriously wounded by gunmen in Jalalabad city of Nangarhar province, local officials said on Wednesday morning.

According to provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogianai, the incident happened when his car was heading to the provincial capital, Jalalabad and five others including Nakamura’s bodyguards were also killed in the attack.

Khogiani further added that the gunmen fled the scene but police started investigations.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

However, the Taliban militant in a statement denied its involvement in the attack, adding that the PMS was not a military target for the group.

The Afghan government strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardice attack on Afghan’s greatest friend, Dr. Nakmora,” presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi tweeted.” who has dedicated all his life to change the lives of Afghans, working on water management, dams and improving traditional agriculture in Afghanistan.”

UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in a tweet condemned and expressed its revulsion at the killing of the Japanese aid worker,  calling it “a senseless act of violence against a man who dedicated much of his life to helping most vulnerable.

Nakamura was a Japanese aid worker who served as head of Peace Japan Medical Services in Nangarhar province. His humanitarian works were focused on providing medical services to villages and Afghan refugees in eastern Afghanistan provinces, while from 2003, he began working to improve irrigation conditions in rural areas of the country.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani granted him honorary citizenship for his 15 years of service to people of Afghanistan and his humanitarian work in the country, fighting against water scarcity.

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Improved security boosts tourism in Shulgarh district in Balkh

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

Local officials in Balkh province said this week that domestic tourism has improved substantially and that in the past month, about 30,000 visitors have visited the popular Khwaja Sekandar Springs in Shulgarh district.

Officials said that Balkh tourist attractions are drawing in large numbers of visitors amid improved security, especially visitors to the springs.

Balkh residents have welcomed the growing number of visitors to their province and said this was largely due to improved security.

“The difference is big, in the past there was insecurity, now because of the security of this place, people come a lot,” said Ghulam Yahya, a tourist.

Since the IEA took control of the country, provinces around the country are reporting an increase in domestic tourism due to the improved security situation.

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More than 1,000 infected with severe diarrhea outbreak in Takhar

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

The Takhar Department of Public Health says that in the past three days, more than 1,000 people have been infected with severe diarrhea in Takhar province.

The public health officials said that most of the people infected live in the remote areas of Bangi and Ishkamish districts.

According to these officials, mobile health teams have been sent to the area to prevent casualties and to curb the spread of this disease.

A number of non-governmental health institutions have also started working to prevent casualties caused by this disease.

However, residents of the province have stated that there are no health centers in many remote areas in the province and asked government to establish mobile health centers in these areas.

Poor hygiene habits, hot weather and also the use of unsafe water are said to be the reasons for the spread of this disease.

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Work starts on new road to ease traffic in Kabul city

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

Kabul municipality officials said Saturday construction work on the new Wazir Akbar Khan to Sherpur road has started in order to reduce traffic congestion in the city center. 

Water culverts will also be included in the project that is being undertaken by the municipality’s Department of Work Maintenance and Monitoring of Kabul Municipality, Bakhtar reported.

The project, once completed, will cost 15 million Afghanis.

The new road will link Street 15 in Wazir Akbar Khan with Street 2 in Sherpur. Six properties along this section will be demolished to make way for the road.

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