UPDATE-Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa says grenade caused blast at rally last week- Senior officials injured recover in South Africa

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa greets supporters before an explosion at an election rally in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe June 23, 2018. Tafadzwa Ufumeli/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

HARARE- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed that the blast at a rally in Bulawayo was caused by a grenade that killed two people and injured several others.

State owned newspaper is reporting the blast last Saturday where Mnangagwa was campaigning before the election, the blast injured also his senior officials, including vice President Kembo Mohadi and the ruling party’s national chairman, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, a cabinet minister, who were taken to South Africa for treatment.

Mnangagwa told reporters during an official visit to Tanzania that shrapnel had pierced Munchinguri-Kashiri’s chest, he added that she is recovering well at a South African hospital.

Quoted in Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa said, “You might be aware about events that took place Saturday when a hand grenade was thrown at me. But since you see me here, it means I am now fine.”

Investigations are still on going, the teams looking into the incident is the police, army and national intelligence agency who are still going through the evidence.

In a BBC interview Mnangagwa expressed he suspected that Grace Mugabe faction supporters with Zanu-pf, the G-40 were responsible for the attack.

Photo Credit- Reuters

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