Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa on June 23 escaped a bomb attack that took place at one of his rallies that was being attended by thousands of people. Commenting about his narrow escape, Emmerson Mnangagwa said that the bomb exploded just a few inches away from him. He added that it was not his time, that’s how he survived the explosion. The attack occurred soon after Zimbabwe President had ended his speech and was getting down from the podium. The whole incident was captured in a video that has gone viral.

After the explosion was reported, security authorities rushed to the spot and initiated rescue and relief operations. Reacting on the bomb attack incident, Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said that as per initial reports 15 have suffered injuries while 3 are said to be critical.

As per ground reports, the actual number of injured still remains unclear and is expected to go higher than what has been reported. The following bomb attack takes place just a few weeks before the elections are set to take place, July 30.

The bomb attack on Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa took place while he was in Bulawayo campaigning for upcoming elections. The city, Bulawayo, is said have a stronghold of the Opposition.

While Emmerson Mnangagwa is perceived as people’s favourite, experts suggest that he might face a competition from his enemies inside, outside the politics. Emmerson Mnangagwa escaped the bomb attack unhurt while Vice-President Kembo Mohadi suffered a leg injury and Constantino Chiwenga, received bruises to his face.

After escaping the bomb attack, Mnangagwa paid a visit to the injured people at the hospital and further condemned the act of violence. The upcoming elections are said to be the first one since Robert Mugabe was dethroned after his 37 years of ruling.

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