A bomb blast went off today at Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election rally in Zimbabwe.
The president escaped an apparent assassination attempt in the southern city of Bulawayo.
At least eight people were injured in the blast.
Apparently, President Mnangagwa himself was the target, and the sniper narrowly missed and hit the wrong person. It is said soldiers and CIOs then had a torrid time with brutally assaulting people after the gunshot. This is so unheard of in Zimbabwe. pic.twitter.com/IYKi9MMzJi
— My Zimbabwe News (@myzimbabwenews) June 23, 2018
Another view of the Bulawayo Bond. This time a closer view #twimbos #zimbabwe #263chat pic.twitter.com/rCZ1kryr3p
— 263Chat 🇿🇼 (@263Chat) June 23, 2018
The Guardian reported:
Footage posted online showed Mnangagwa, 75, waving to the crowd in the White City stadium at about 2pm on Saturday afternoon, turning to step off the podium and walking into the open-sided VIP tent, where seconds later the explosion occurred. People ducked and screamed and smoke billowed. State television immediately cut its broadcast.
Images taken by photographers at the rally showed several injured people lying on the ground.
Local media said the vice-president, Kembo Mohadi, had leg injuries, while Constantino Chiwenga, a second vice-president and the former military commander-in-chief, had bruises on his face, the report said.
In a statement issued later in the afternoon, Mnangagwa said his thoughts and prayers were with “all those affected by this senseless act of violence.”