Dad of Afghan girls' robotics team captain killed in bomb attack

The father of the Afghan girls’ robotics team captain died in a suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State, officials and the team’s coach said Thursday.

Fatemah Qaderyan’s dad, Mohammad Asif Qaderyan, was among more than 30 people killed in a bombing at a Shiite mosque in Herat Tuesday, Afghan officials told CNN.

Ali Reza Mehrban, told NBC News, that Fatemah, 14, was devastated about her father’s loss.

“Her feelings are not good,” the coach said. “She’s not feeling good. She’s not in good shape.”

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ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. Qaderyan died from his injuries at Herat Hospital, Mehrban said.

A THURSDAY, JULY 6, 2017 PHOTO,

Teenagers from the Afghanistan Robotic House, a private training institute, practice at the Better Idea Organization center, in Herat, Afghanistan.

(Ahmad Seir/AP)

Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan’s ambassador to the U.S., expressed his condolences via Twitter.

“My heart goes out to Fatima, youngest on the #AfghanRoboticsTeam, and her family,” Mohib wrote. “We will defeat the forces trying to dismantle our future.”

The Afghan girls’ robotics team had been denied visas twice to compete in Washington. The girls were later allowed into the country after President Trump intervened.

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The team of six girls was awarded the silver medal for courageous achievement during a ceremony at the First Global robotics competition in July.

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