At least 30 dead in Liberia’s church stampede

A stampede in Liberia has claimed 30 lives, injuring hundreds [Image: courtesy]
MONROVIA, Liberia—More than 29 crusaders have been killed in a  stampede at a church gathering in Liberia’s capital Monrovia overnight.

This is according to a statement by the country’s deputy information minister

The unfortunate incident transpired during a night Christian worship event at New Kru Town, a neighborhood on the outskirts of the capital.

“The doctors said 29 persons died and some are on the critical list, this is a sad day for the country.” Spoke a resident within the area.

According to reports from some of the event’s attendees, the stampede began after a group of armed men rushed the crowd in an attempt to stage thuggery.

“We saw a group of men with cutlasses and other weapons coming toward the crowd,” He said. “While running, some people dropped and others fell on the ground and walked over them.”

Gangs in Liberia streets known as Zogos commonly commit robberies with machetes and other blunt weapons.

Moses Carter, a police spokesperson, declined to comment on what caused the incident. He said an investigation is under is on course.

The country’s President, George Opong’ Weah, declared a three-day period of national mourning and said the Liberian Red Cross and Disaster Management Agency had been called in to assist victims.

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