Explosion at Zimbabwean president's rally

Explosion At Zimbabwe Stadium Where President Mnangagwa Addressed Rally

Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa suggests he was the target of party rally blast.

However, the President's spokesman said the head of state was successfully evacuated.

The country's two vice presidents were among at least eight people injured, The Herald reported.

A source close to the president told TimesLIVE that Mnangagwa was "safe".

Mr Mnangagwa, 75, said he had visited the injured in hospital.

Twenty-three candidates have registered to contest the election and Mnangagwa has promised a free and fair vote.

The president has joked about the attempts on his life while on the campaign trail.

A video circulating on social media shows Mnangagwa, Chiwenga, Mohadi, Charamba and a few other VIPs had just got off the stage when the explosion happened.

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The other children were placed there after they crossed into the US alone. The facility opened in 2014 and now houses 55 children.

No groups have come forward to say that they were behind the explosion so far.

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

Former Education minister David Coltart also condemned the blast, saying he was grateful the president survived.

Mnangagwa had been in the city to campaign for votes ahead of nationwide elections due on 30 July. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families", the embassy said in a message posted on Twitter.

"Political violence of any nature from any quarter is totally unacceptable", he said.

Despite having to tend to one of four Zanu-PF comrades reportedly in Mpilo's intensive care, Ndaba reiterated Mnangagwa's afternoon rally call for Zanu-PF to have a clean victory, untainted by blood.

Past votes have been marked by violence and fraud, and the United States and others have said a credible vote is key to lifting global sanctions.

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