Zimbabwe rules out state of emergency after Bulawayo blast

BREAKING: Reports of attempt on Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s life

Explosion rocks stadium where Zimbabwe's president was speaking

Several party supporters were injured including top officials such as second Vice President Kembo Mohadi and Minister of Water and Environment Oppah Muchinguri, both sustaining leg injuries.

Zimbabwe's election campaign season took a worrying turn when a crude bombing at a speech delivered by President Emmerson Mnangagwa appeared to be an attempt on his life.

Mnangagwa was unscathed and later pointed out he'd had numerous attempts on his life in the past, saying he was used to them by now.

Mnangagwa came to power in November after a de facto army coup forced his longtime mentor Robert Mugabe to resign.

The elections on July 30 will be the first since 1980 - the year the country gained independence from white minority rule - that Mugabe is not in the running.

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President Mnangagwa said these were the actions of his "mortal enemies", who over the past five years have made numerous well-documented attempts to kill him.

Mnangagwa said an object "exploded a few inches away from me - but it is not my time".

Marry Chiwenga, the wife of Vice-President Chiwenga, was also injured and pictures on social media showed the president visiting her in hospital.

Most of the injured were discharged from a hospital after treatment, presidential spokesman George Charamba told the newspaper.

Health minister Parirenyatwa told State media that some of the injured would require "serious surgery". President Emmerson Mnangagwa was unscathed.

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Mnangagwa was speaking an election rally ahead of that country's tightly contested national elections next month.

The ministry expressed the UAE's solidarity with Zimbabwe against all forms of violence.

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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city, is a stronghold of opposition to the ruling ZANU-PF party. "So far, we had avoided the violence that has marred previous elections".

"There are two long-standing tensions in Zimbabwe: First, within ZANU-PF, between Mnangagwa's Lacoste faction and Mugabe's G40 factions, with an undertone of tribal tension", Malik said in a note to investors.

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa said on Twitter "Violence must have no place in our politics".

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