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Afghan official: 17 dead in militant attack in Kabul shrine

  • An Afghan wounded woman receives a treatment after a militant attack on a Shiite shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. At least more than a dozen people were killed in the attack on a Shiite shrine in Kabul on Tuesday, an official said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    An Afghan wounded woman receives a treatment after a militant attack on a Shiite shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. At least more than a dozen people were killed in the attack on a Shiite shrine in Kabul on Tuesday, an official said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

  • A relative of a victim in Tuesday's militant attack on a Shiite shrine cries in a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. At least more than a dozen people were killed in the attack on the Shiite shrine in Kabul on Tuesday, an official said.  (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    A relative of a victim in Tuesday's militant attack on a Shiite shrine cries in a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. At least more than a dozen people were killed in the attack on the Shiite shrine in Kabul on Tuesday, an official said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghan men carry the coffin of a relative who died in a militant attack at a Shiite shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. An Afghan official says several people including a policeman are dead after a militant attack on a Shiite shrine in the capital Kabul late Tuesday. Sediq Sediqqi, the interior ministry's spokesman said Wednesday that another 62 people, including 12 policemen were wounded in the attack. (AP Photos/Rahmat Gul)

    Afghan men carry the coffin of a relative who died in a militant attack at a Shiite shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. An Afghan official says several people including a policeman are dead after a militant attack on a Shiite shrine in the capital Kabul late Tuesday. Sediq Sediqqi, the interior ministry's spokesman said Wednesday that another 62 people, including 12 policemen were wounded in the attack. (AP Photos/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

An Afghan official says at least 17 people including a policeman are dead after a militant attack on a Shiite shrine in the capital Kabul late Tuesday.

Sediq Sediqqi, the Interior Ministry's spokesman said Wednesday that another 62 people, including 12 policemen were wounded in the attack.

The attack on the Sakhi Shrine, Kabul's biggest, happened as Shiite Muslims were mourning the death in 680 AD of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein.

Mourning climaxes on Ashoura Day, which falls on Wednesday, a public holiday in Afghanistan.

Shiites, mostly ethnic Hazaras, had been warned by authorities to avoid large gatherings as attacks were expected.

No group has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack.

In July, a suicide bomber attacked Hazaras at a public demonstration, killing 80 and wounding hundreds of others.