The father of the Afghan women's robotics team leader, Fatima Qadiryan, was killed tragically on Tuesday night in the deadly Herat mosque bombing.
More than 30 people were killed in the Daesh attack. Among those killed were Hajji Asif Qadiryan, Fatima's father, and two young boys, who were brothers.
Brothers Ali Kumail and Ali Sina, four and 14 years old respectively, had gone to mosque to pray on the night of the attack. The boys' father was also seriously wounded in the attack and is still in shock following the death of his two sons.
“When they (Daesh terrorists) shot his brother, the other brother said don’t shoot my brother, but the bullets killed both of them,” said Ali Sina and Ali Kumail’s grandfather Ghulam Mohammad.
“The small son was only four years old, the elder brother was 14 years old," said a relative, Adam Khan.
Ali Ahmad Mohammadi was another Herat resident who lost his life in the attack. He had just received his passport to leave for Hajj in Saudi Arabia. But the suicide attackers snatched the chance from him.
“I saw three or four people who had been cut from the chest toward the head,” said the victim’s father Ali Mohammad.
Mohammadi’s mother was also at the mosque at the time of the attack but she survived.
“He has three children; the elder son is only 13 years old, he has a seven-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son. My son wanted to go to Mecca,” said the victim’s mother.