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Zimbabwe's president Mnangagwa survives assassination attempt at rally in Harare

Zimbabwe's president Mnangagwa survives assassination attempt at rally in Harare

"We suspect it's an explosion, certainly it was close to the VVIP stage", said Mnangagwa's spokesman George Charamba.

Other injured officials included Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, minister of water, environment and climate, and Engelbert Rugeje, party secretary of the ruling ZANU-PF.

He said we now await to hear from the police about the explosion and what could have caused it.

Mnangagwa said on Saturday he was "used to these attempts" on his life, noting that he had been poisoned at a rally outside Bulawayo last August when still Mugabe's vice president.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that he will end the ongoing cash shortages by reintroducing a local currency that the government will be able to control.

Images taken by photographers who were at the rally showed several injured people lying on the ground.

President Mnangagwa came in to power in November, replacing ousted Robert Mugabe.

In a tweet, Mnangagwa called on the country to remain unified despite all political differences after "this senseless act of violence".

Witnesses told The Associated Press news agency that the blast occurred as Mnangagwa had just finished addressing the crowd and was leaving the podium.

The United States is condemning the attack on a campaign rally for Zimbabwe's president, which state media has called an assassination attempt.

He has pledged to hold free and fair elections as he seeks to mend global relations and have sanctions against Zimbabwe dropped.

The Zimbabwe Herald newspaper calls it an attempt on Mnangagwa's life.

It is not clear how severe the injuries to Second Vice-President Kembo Mohadi are.

Zimbabwe's election next month will be the first without Mugabe since independence from white minority rule in 1980.

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