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Stampede at church causes at least 30 dead in Liberia

An armed group, trying to steal the offering and the attendees, stormed an all-night outdoor worship event with thousands of people.

 

 

FUENTES Evangélico Digital, Christian Post AUTOR 5/Evangelical_Focus MONROVIA 24 DE ENERO DE 2022 18:00 h
Relatives of the victims of the stampede in Monrovia, Liberia wait for information outside a hospital./ ED.

At least 30 people, including 11 children and a pregnant woman, died last Wednesday, after a stampede at a Pentecostal church meeting in Liberia's capital, Monrovia. An unknown number of people are still injured, some critically.



The worship event was organised by a popular pastor known as Apostle Abraham Kromah, who pastors the World of Life Outreach International; and he is also a radio broadcaster.



President George Weah declared an official three-day national period of mourning, during which the flag was flown at half-mast across the country.



This is not the first time a deadly stampede has caused loss of lives in Liberia. A similar tragedy last November resulted in the death of two babies, while several others were hospitalised.



 



An attempted robbery



Thousands of people had attended an all-night outdoor worship event at a football field on the outskirts of the capital's New Kru Town neighbourhood when the incident took place.



According to local police, the stampede occurred after a street gang entered the worship area at the end of the collection of offerings.



Witnesses reported that they were armed and wanted to rob the offerings and the attendees, threatening them with their weapons.



When the participants saw the group of men with machetes and other weapons heading towards them, there was a panic reaction that ended in a human stampede.



Liberia, which have around five million inhabitants, suffered two civil wars between 1989 and 2003, and was also one of the three countries worst affected by the 2014 Ebola epidemic, which killed 4,800 people in the country.



George Weah, a well-know former football player, succeeded President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2011, after winning the 2017 elections.


 

 





 
 
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