UPDATE: Explosion at Emmerson Mnangagwa election rally

JOHANNESBURG – There’s been an explosion at Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa‘s election rally at the White City Stadium, Bulawayo.

Several people have been injured.

Mnangagwa is safe and was taken to the state house.

Vice presidents Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi and a minister sustained minor injuries following the blast.

“There has been an incident at Bulawayo where the president was addressing a rally. This is now a police issue but the president is safe at Bulawayo State House,” spokesman 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.”

National Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said she did not have details on the incident.

Several security personnel were also injured, the state-owned Herald newspaper said.

READ: Mnangagwa launches election campaign

Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front’s (Zanu PF) is expected to win the elections.

Mnangagwa succeeded former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe after a brief military takeover last year.

– Additional reporting Reuters