Manager: Afghan robotics competitor's dad killed in attack

KABUL, Afghanistan — The manager of Afghanistan's all-girl robotics team says the father of a team member died in the horrific suicide assault on a Shiite mosque this week in western Herat.

AliReza Mehraban told The Associated Press on Thursday that Asif Qaderian, the father of Fatima Qaderian, died of his injuries in the Herat Hospital. Tuesday's brutal attack on the Shiite mosque killed 33 worshippers as they prayed and wounded another 66, according to provincial officials.

The all-girls robotics team won a silver medal in the U.S. competition last month. The team garnered attention after they were twice denied visas but finally went to the United States to compete after President Donald Trump intervened.

Mehraban said Fatima's father was her biggest supporter. His death has devastated her and her family, he said.

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