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UPDATE: Zimbabwe President narrowly escapes bomb attack

Published:Saturday | June 23, 2018 | 12:44 PM

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has survived an apparent bomb attack at a rally in the city of Bulawayo.

Mnangagwa confirmed today that an object "exploded a few inches away from me.”

“It was not my time," he said.

However, state TV reports that Vice-President Kembo Mohadi suffered a leg injury while images posted on social media indicates that Marry Chiwenga, the wife of Zimbabwe's First Vice-President, Constantino Chiwenga, was also injured 

Mnangagwa says he has visited the injured in hospital and condemned the violence as senseless and pleaded for unity.

Video footage from White City Stadium shows an explosion happening close to the Zimbabwe leader as he exited the stage after addressing supporters at a rally.

He was campaigning ahead of the July 30 national elections.

The United States Embassy in Zimbabwe also condemned the attack.

“We condemn the attack at the ZANU-PF rally in Byo. Political violence in any form is unacceptable and contrary to the positive progress required to move Zimbabwe forward as it seeks to take its place on the global stage. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families,” the embassy said in a message posted on Twitter.

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