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ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT EMMERSON MNANGAGWA SURIVES BOMB BLAST ATTACK

Bulawayo, 23 June 2018; Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa survived a blast at a ruling ZANU-PF party rally Saturday, his spokesman said, adding that he had been taken to safety after the incident. 

One of Zimbabwe's two vice presidents was injured during the explosion. 

"In news just received Vice President Kembo Mohadi, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri the ZANU PF chairperson and political commissar Engelbert Rugeje were injured in the explosion," Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) said. 

An AFP correspondent at the scene reported multiple injuries but could not immediately give a precise toll. 

Images broadcast on Zimbabwean TV showed scenes of chaos and medics fighting to save those wounded by the blast at the White City stadium in the country's second city Bulawayo. 

"The president was evacuated successfully. He is at the statehouse in Bulawayo," said Mnangagwa's spokesman George Charamba. 

"We suspect it's an explosion, certainly it was close to the VIP stage." 

Mnangagwa had been in the city to campaign for votes ahead of nationwide elections due on July 30. 

Zimbabwean will head to poll on 30 July to elect a new President after the military had forced the long-serving head of state Joseph Robert Mugabe, paving away to temporarily installed President Emmerson Mnangagwa as interim President till 30 July 2018. 

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