Body of slain doctor returns home to Japan from Afghanistan

The body of a Japanese medical doctor slain in Afghanistan in a roadside shooting has returned home

Tetsu Nakamura was killed last week, along with five Afghans who had been traveling with him.

Nakamura, 73, had worked in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province for over a decade, leading irrigation projects in rural areas. An outpouring of sadness have followed his killing, both in Afghanistan and in Japan.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who awarded Nakamura honorary Afghan citizenship in April, was among those who carried Nakamura's coffin, covered in the Afghan flag, in a departure ceremony Saturday at Kabul's airport.

Nakamura headed a charity based in Fukuoka, in southwestern Japan. His body will be flown there Monday, Japanese media reports said.