Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa survives Bulawayo explosion

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President Mnangagwa (centre) was campaigning forward of elections subsequent month

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has survived an obvious bomb assault within the metropolis of Bulawayo.

Video footage from White Metropolis Stadium seems to point out an explosion taking place near Mr Mnangagwa as he was leaving the stage having addressed supporters.

He was not harm, his spokesman mentioned. However senior officers are amongst these injured, Zimbabwe media say.

President Mnangagwa got here into energy final November, ousting his former mentor Robert Mugabe.

The president was in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second metropolis, to marketing campaign for his Zanu-PF get together forward of nationwide elections going down on 30 July.

The elections are the primary in Zimbabwe since Mr Mugabe was ousted after 37 years in energy.

Presidential spokesman George Charamba issued a press release recalling: “There have been a number of makes an attempt on the president’s life over the previous 5 years.”

The Zimbabwe Herald newspaper reported that Vice-President Kembo Mohadi had suffered leg accidents within the bomb blast, however there isn’t any affirmation.

The paper described the explosion as an assassination try.

Different senior officers are additionally mentioned to have been injured, in addition to a few of their bodyguards.

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Who’s Emmerson Mnangagwa?

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Media captionEmmerson Mnangagwa: Who’s the person referred to as the ‘crocodile’?
  • Often known as “the crocodile” due to his political shrewdness – his Zanu-PF faction is “Lacoste”
  • Obtained navy coaching in China and Egypt
  • Tortured by Rhodesian forces after his “crocodile gang” staged assaults
  • Helped direct Zimbabwe’s conflict of independence within the 1960s and 1970s
  • Grew to become the nation’s spymaster throughout the 1980s civil battle, through which hundreds of civilians have been killed, however has denied any function within the massacres, blaming the military
  • Accused of masterminding assaults on opposition supporters after 2008 election
  • Says he’ll ship jobs, and seen as open to financial reforms

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