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Blast rocks Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa's rally

Blast rocks Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa's rally

The explosion occurred just as President Mnangagwa was leaving the stage after his rally at white city stadium.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Zimbabwean president, has been evacuated from a campaign rally following an explosion.

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

According to a source close to Mnangagwa, the Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and his wife sustained minor injuries. Minister of Water‚ Environment and Climate Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri was also injured.

Weeks of political chaos led former President Robert Mugabe to resign after 37 years in office.

Mnangagwa has been accused of involvement in the Gukurahundi massacres of the 1980s that claimed the lives of around 20,000 regime opponents in the country's southwest where Bulawayo is situated.

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The president was in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city, to campaign for his Zanu-PF party ahead of nationwide elections taking place on 30 July.

Presidential spokesman George Charamba told The Zimbabwe Herald that investigations were underway, and pointed out that there had been "multiple attempts" on Mr Mnangagwa's life over the years.

People were seen ducking and screaming as smoke billowed through the stadium - with state television immediately cutting the broadcast.

The US Embassy in Harare condemned the attack. Several people appeared to be injured, and footage showed medical staff rushing to the scene.

An injured man is helped by others as security officers gather at the scene (Picture: EPA) Mr Mnangagwa, who was sacked as Mugabe's deputy in a ruling party feud shortly before the transition, took over with pledges to deliver free and fair elections.