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    Zimbabwe president Mnangagwa survives bomb blast at political rally

    Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has survived a bomb attack in the city of Bulawayo, BBC reports.

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

    Video footage from White City Stadium shows an explosion happening close to Mr Mnangagwa as he was leaving the stage having addressed hundreds of supporters.

    While the president was unhurt, state TV told BBC that Vice-President Kembo Mohadi has suffered a leg injury. It is not clear how severe the injuries to Second Vice-President Kembo Mohadi are.

    Presidential spokesman George Charamba issued a statement confirming Mr Mnangagwa was safe and recalling: "There have been multiple attempts on the president's life over the past five years."

    Zimbabwe's First Vice-President, Constantino Chiwenga, and his wife, suffered minor injuries, Reuters news agency also reported.

    A ZANU PF official tweeted a video clip which captured the explosion.
     The presidential and legislative elections on 30 July in Zimbabwe are the first to be held since the November resignation of President Robert Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.

    President Emmerson Mnangagwa is the presidential candidate for his Zanu-PF party, and he is largely expected to win the presidential election against a divided opposition.

    Photo credit: BBC

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