Blasts in Kabul hit near ceremony attended by top officials

Afghan security forces personnel are seen at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017. At least 40 people were killed or wounded on May 31 as a massive blast ripped through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital. / AFP PHOTO / SHAH MARAI (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

KABUL: Several explosions struck outside a ceremony in Kabul attended by the country’s chief executive and the former president, both of whom were unharmed, on Thursday, said, Afghan officials.

There was conflicting information as to the casualty figures.

An official with the city’s ambulance services, Mohammad Asim, said five people were wounded in the explosions and were taken to local hospitals. He says more ambulances were at the site.

Another official, who was at the ceremony, said seven people were killed and 10 wounded. He spoke on condition of anonymity to reporters.

The ceremony commemorated the 1995 death of prominent minority Hazara leader Abdul Ali Mazari who was killed by the Taliban. Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and former President Hamid Karzai attended the gathering.