Armed men attacked a ceremony in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, which included a senior Afghan political leader, Abdullah Abdullah, who got away unscathed, his spokesman said.
"The attack started with a boom, apparently a missile landed in the area, Abdullah and some other politicians … escaped the attack unharmed," Abdullah spokesman Fraidoon Kwazoon, who was also present, told Reuters by phone.
The Taliban declined responsibility for attacking the assembly on the anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, an ethnic Hazara leader who was killed in 1995 after being captured by the militants.
Tolo News showed live footage of people taking cover when shots were heard. There was no instant confirmation of victims, but unchecked images posted on social media showed wounded people.
Ministry of Interior spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said special police forces had been sent to the region. President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack as a crime against humanity, his spokesman said.
A similar attack on the same commemoration last year killed several people. Islamic State militants took responsibility for this attack. Hazaras are mostly Shiite Muslims.
Minority Shiites have been repeatedly attacked by Sunni Muslim militant groups in Afghanistan.
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