Two killed in Zimbabwe campaign rally explosion

The explosion in Bulawayo on Saturday has been called an assassination attempt on the president.

Smoke fills the stage following an explosion at a Zanu pf rally in Bulawayo (AP)
Smoke fills the stage following an explosion at a Zanu pf rally in Bulawayo (AP)

Two people have died of their injuries after an explosion at a Zimbabwe presidential campaign rally.

The Chronicle newspaper said officials at Mpilo hospital confirmed the deaths.

The blast which went off shortly after President Emmerson Mnangagwa addressed a stadium crowd in Bulawayo has been called an assassination attempt.

At least 49 people were injured, including both of Zimbabwe’s vice presidents, but Mr Mnangagwa was unscathed.

Injured people are attended to as they lay on the ground following the blast (AP)

No arrests have been reported and officials have not laid blame.

Zimbabwe faces historic elections on July 30 that are the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure.

A record 23 candidates have filed to run for president.

Press Association

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