JUST IN: Explosion rocks rally, President narrowly escapes death

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

Reports have emerged that Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly survived a bomb blast at a ZANU-PF rally he was addressing in Bulawayo on Saturday afternoon.

A campaign rally by Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday was disrupted by a blast that occurred after he had addressed the crowd, his spokesman said.

The events in November that brought Mnangagwa into power were driven by deep divisions in the ruling ZANU-PF party, with different factions vying to take over after the nonagenarian Mugabe eventually relinquished power or died.

"I am used to these attempts", Mnangagwa said in his first comments on the explosion in the country's second city of Bulawayo.

"President Mnangagwa has not been injured and is at Bulawayo State House".

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

"We extend our sympathy to those affected by the explosion", she said.

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says migrant children are being treated humanely
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen targeted those groups by name in a series of tweets on Sunday night. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) called on Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen to step down.

"While we have all chosen the path of peace others unfortunately still cling to the tools of violence".

Dr Parirenyatwa last night said the injured were being treated at Mpilo Central Hospital, United Bulawayo Hospitals and Mater Dei Hospital.

Mnangagwa escaped the explosion unharmed, but several close aides, including Vice President Kembo Mohadi were hurt. "The strongest response to hate is love", Mnangagwa said.

"Let me be very clear, nothing will stop the election in Zimbabwe, nothing at all", Chiwenga told supporters in Chitungwiza town near Harare, a day after he sustained slight bruises on his face in the attack.

Mr Mnangagwa, who was sacked as Mugabe's deputy in a ruling party feud shortly before the transition, took over with pledges to deliver free and fair elections.

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also chair of the Southern African Development Community said the bloc would evaluate the incident and "take appropriate steps".

Mr Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Africa's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, said Zimbabwe needed non-violent free and fair elections. Any form of violence in politics is unacceptable.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Honda salvages 2-2 draw for Japan against Senegal with late strike
Jun 25, 2018 - 10:10
Kawashima punched a shot he should have caught and the ball ricocheted off Mane's knee and in to give Senegal a deserved lead. But 16 years on from their debut World Cup, the Teranga Lions continue to win new fans in Russian Federation .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top As Turkey votes, Erdoğan eyes new term
Jun 25, 2018 - 09:24
Opposition parties and NGOs had deployed up to half a million monitors at ballot boxes to try to prevent possible electoral fraud. Unofficial results broadcast on Turkish television also gave his ruling party and its alliance partner a majority in parliament.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top USA says It Knows Location of Migrant Children Separated from Parents
Jun 25, 2018 - 06:35
He said his administration is doing far better than "Bush or Obama but we need strength and security at the border". Organizers plan to continue the fast for 24 days to honor the estimated 2,400 kids separated from their parents.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top England dare to dream after record win
Jun 25, 2018 - 05:38
The next tiebreaker is fair play - i.e. the amount of yellow and red cards accumulated by a team throughout the group stage. Kane was pleased with the manner of victory but cautioned there's still a long way to go if England are to lift the trophy.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump tells GOP to 'stop wasting their time' on immigration
Jun 23, 2018 - 19:52
Trump's policy took children away from parents who were apprehended crossing the border illegally. "There was no hidden message". Others said they had been deported without them. "The attorney general didn't come while it's been sitting here for six months".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Video Shows Priest Slapping Baby Across Face During Baptism
Jun 23, 2018 - 18:34
The priest was heard saying afterwards: " There, you have to calm yourself, you have to calm yourself, there, there ". But it soon becomes clear that the child is not enjoying the process as it can be heard screaming loudly.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top This new iOS 12 feature could save your life
Jun 23, 2018 - 00:05
HELO uses a device's Global Positioning System and cell towers to estimate a 911 caller's location. RapidSOS is now working with those centers to get its technology in place.

Instagram celebrates 1 billion users by announcing IGTV video platform
Jun 21, 2018 - 08:09
You register for the YouTube Partner Program from within the Creator Studio section of your YouTube channel. Instead of watching NBC or HBO, you'll be watching a friend or an Instagram star.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kane disappointed by refereeing decisions despite England win
Jun 21, 2018 - 06:35
But again, the officials allowed play to continue with no word to the contrary from VAR referee Sandro Ricci and his team. You train hard, work hard and do a lot of stuff but recovery is just as important.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kawhi Leonard interested in NY
Jun 21, 2018 - 06:34
Should the Los Angeles Lakers go all-in for Kawhi Leonard? On the other hand, I can't see the Spurs making a trade with Cleveland. Given that the Spurs did make the playoffs last season, they might be willing to offer up their 2019 first-round selection.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NBA Draft: 5 best fits for Luka Doncic
Jun 21, 2018 - 06:06
Or, Johnson and Pelinka could use the draft pick in a trade package, perhaps for Kawhi Leonard , who reportedly wants out from San Antonio.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Luis Suarez goal helps Uruguay, Russia qualify for last 16
Jun 21, 2018 - 05:25
If Uruguay wins today then they move on and Saudi Arabia is out. Saudi Arabia will play Egypt that same day in Volgograd.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top South Korea, US suspend major military exercise
Jun 21, 2018 - 05:20
The UFG is a command post exercise based on computer simulated war games centreing on a scenario of an all-out war with the North. North Korea has opposed joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea as rehearsals for invasion.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Starbucks says it will close 150 stores next year
Jun 21, 2018 - 05:19
The training also delayed the launch of Starbucks' spring and summer marketing campaign by about two weeks. Outgoing chairman Howard Schultz said the training cost Starbucks " tens of millions " of dollars.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top AMC Theatres launches subscription movie service to rival MoviePass
Jun 21, 2018 - 04:43
The offer includes other incentives, such as free upgrades on popcorn and soda, no online ticket fees and other loyalty bonuses. That represents a major inconvenience for many and that could make AMC's service worth the extra money for many moviegoers.