Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa uninjured in 'assassination attempt' explosion

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa uninjured in 'assassination attempt' explosion

Emmerson Mnangagwa said Saturday the device "exploded a few inches from me, but it is not my time".

Health and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa on Saturday night confirmed the figure, but said no deaths had been reported.

The extent of the injuries is not yet known and it's unclear if anyone was killed in the blast.

Zimbabwe ruled out Sunday delaying July elections after a bomb blast at a ruling party rally in which President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly escaped unharmed. Text "NEWS" to 22840 and always receive verified news updates. "Her husband was also affected in a minor way", the source said.

Presidential spokesman George Charamba said Mnangagwa and his deputies Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi were not injured.

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The vice president was unfortunately injured and is receiving treatment together with other government officials.

The health minister says there were no fatalities in the blast while numerous wounded are being treated in hospital.

South African President Cyril Rampahosa condemned the attack on Mnangagwa and said the regional Southern African Development Community would "evaluate the incident and appropriate steps".

The polls in five weeks will be the first since Zimbabwe's veteran leader Mugabe resigned following a brief military takeover in November last year after 37 years in power.

He was evacuated from the scene soon after the blast.

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"Vice-President Mohadi is nursing some leg injuries but he is in good spirit", he said.

"Any form of violence in politics is unacceptable".

"If we continue with the same violence that is within Zanu PF, it will spill out and affect ordinary citizens".

In brief, separate statements, the spokesperson for the UN Secretary General and AU Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat condemned the attack.

The election - dominated by economic issues - is the first to be monitored by worldwide observers since 2002.

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That dramatic transfer of power began when Mr Mnangagwa was sacked as Mr Mugabe's deputy and said he had to immediately flee the country for his life.

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