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Health Minister confirms 41 people wounded by blast in Zimbabwe

The health minister says there were no fatalities in the blast while many people are being treated in hospital.

Injured people are evacuated after an explosion at the stadium in Bulawayo where Zimbabwe President just addressed a rally on 23 June 2018.  Picture: AFP

HARARE - The Health Minister in Zimbabwe, David Parirenyatwa, has confirmed that at least 41 people have been severely hurt in a blast that hit a rally held by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday.

The health minister says there were no fatalities in the blast while many of the wounded are being treated in hospital.

The attack has received widespread condemnation from other countries around the world.

Locally, the African National Congress (ANC) has condemned the detonation of the explosive device in Zimbabwe and the deadly blast that occurred at a rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In a statement released on Sunday, the ANC says it views it as “barbaric and cowardice acts” of assassination attempts and deliberate ploys to destabilise and create disunity.

The attack in Ethiopia was launched moments after the new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed finished his speech to tens of thousands of people gathered in the centre of the capital

A deputy commissioner of the Addis Ababa police commission has been arrested and is being investigated for shortcomings in security after a grenade attack.

The United States has meanwhile condemned the Zimbabwean attack, saying political violence in any form is “unacceptable” and contrary to the progress needed to move the country forward. The British embassy has also tweeted a similar statement.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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