Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa survives Bulawayo explosion

Zimbabwe's president Mnangagwa survives assassination attempt at rally in Harare

"Unconfirmed reports indicate that Vice President Kembo Mohadi suffered leg injuries in the bomb blast".

A boy plays next to election posters at White City Stadium where Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa escaped unhurt after an explosion rocked the stadium, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, June 23, 2018. Seconds after they exit, there's an explosion, knocking people over and spewing smoke and debris into the crowd.

It was unclear whether anyone was killed in the blast, but footage from ZBC, the state broadcaster, showed medics attending to wounded people.

"They must be utterly condemned and not be allowed to spread and to be assimilated anywhere", ANC spokesperson Mr Paul Mabe said.

"Her husband was also affected in a minor way", the source said.

"In November, we all came together motivated by a dream, (for) a free, democratic and prosperous Zimbabwe, a peaceful Zimbabwe", he said in an audio clip.

The elections are the first in Zimbabwe since Mr Mugabe was forced out after 37 years in power, and the first to be monitored by global observers since 2002.




The elections are the first in Zimbabwe since Mr Mugabe was forced out after 37 years in power.

Polls indicate a close race, but one that Zanu-PF should win.

Mr Manangagwa has urged Zimbabweans to shun violence. "The President said he will consult with the chair of the Organ and ensure that appropriate protection is provided ahead of the elections". "Let us continue to be united and address our differences peacefully". The strongest response to hate is love. There have been frequent allegations of assassination attempts directed at Mnangagwa and other senior politicians, though none of these have involved bombings or firearms.

Presidential spokesman George Charamba told The Zimbabwe Herald that an investigation had been launched and said there had been "multiple attempts" on Mr Mnangagwa's life over the years.

Addressing a campaign rally at Nhakiwa business centre in Uzumba district of Mashonaland East province, Shiri described the attack as an act of terrorism targeted at Mnangagwa and his top allies. The president himself was not hurt.

Officials said security arrangements would be reviewed.

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