Two people injured in Saturday’s explosion at a campaign rally in Zimbabwe’s second city of Bulawayo have died, a medical official has said.
At least 49 people, including President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s two deputies, were injured in the blast. The president said it was an attempt on his life ahead of the election on the 30th of July.
Mr Mnangagwa has vowed that the attack would not derail the election. In a statement, he said an object exploded a few inches from where he stood.
He is favourite to win the poll, but analysts say he also has enemies – both for overthrowing his former mentor, and for being a previous enforcer of Mr Mugabe’s government.
His main rival, Nelson Chamisa, has also condemned the attack, for which there has been no claim of responsibility.
The names of the dead have not been released but one is reported to work for Vice-President Constatino Chiwenga.
Eight senior officials suffered non-life-threatening injuries.