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Zimbabwe's President Mnangagwa Says Explosion at Rally 'Cowardly Act'

FILE - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa addressing members of his Zanu PF party in Gweru town, about 350 kilometers south of Harare, May 31, 2018.

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Saturday an explosion at a stadium where he was addressing a political rally was a "cowardly act" that would not prevent the country from holding free and peaceful elections next month.

"The campaign so far has been conducted in a free and peaceful environment, and we will not allow this cowardly act to get in our way as we move towards elections," Mnangagwa said in a Facebook post.

He later said in a television interview that the blast had happened a few inches away from him as he left the stage.