29 Die in Liberia’s Monrovia Stampede

No fewer than 29 people have died in a stampede at a church gathering in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, a government official said on Thursday.

Children were also said to be among the dead.

Jalawah Tompo, Deputy Minister for press and propaganda at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs & Tourism, said the stampede occurred around midnight.

“The doctors said 29 persons died and some are on the critical list,” Tompo said. “This is a sad day for the country.”

According to Moses Carter, a police spokesman, the death toll is provisional and “may increase” since many individuals are in critical condition. 

President George Weah is expected to visit the site on Thursday afternoon.

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Details of the incident are sketchy. According to local media, the event was a Christian prayer gathering in New Kru Town, a working-class suburb of Monrovia, called a “crusade.”

In Liberia, a highly religious country with a majority of Christians, gatherings of this type typically attract thousands of people.

Social media images suggest that popular preacher Abraham Kromah hosted a two-day prayer event in New Kru Town and attracted large crowds.

Several robbers were reported to have attacked worshippers with knives and machetes, prompting a stampede.

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