ALERT: Several injured in Zimambwe blast, moments after Mnangagwa address

The explosion occurred just as President Mnangagwa was leaving the stage after his rally at white city stadium.

FILE: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

HARARE - An apparent explosion has injured several people at a rally held by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the country’s city of Bulawayo.

State radio is reporting that the president is safe, but there are reports that several of his aides were injured by the blast.

The explosion occurred just as President Mnangagwa was leaving the stage after his rally at White City Stadium.

Video footage circulated on social media showed medics attending to at least three people lying on the ground.

The chaos comes as the country's elections are just over a month away.

PRESIDENT MNANGAGWA UNHURT AFTER BLAST AT RALLY

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson said, adding the head of state was unhurt and taken to safety.

“There has been an incident at Bulawayo (White City Stadium) where the president was addressing a rally. This is now a police issue but the president is safe at Bulawayo State House,” George Charamba told Reuters.

“We are still to get information on what exactly happened as we understand that some people could have been injured as this happened in the VIP tent.”

Police were not immediately available for comment.

Footage from Zimbabwe state television showed the explosion took place near Mnangagwa as he waved to supporters.

Mnangagwa was speaking at his first rally in the second city of Bulawayo, an opposition stronghold where the ruling ZANU-PF has not won in national elections since 2000.

Zimbabwe holds its presidential election on 30 July, with 75-year-old Mnangagwa and 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, the main contenders.

(Additional reporting by Reuters)