Stampede at Catholic ceremony leaves 30 dead in Liberia | News

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A human stampede killed at least 30 people at a religious event in the suburbs of the Liberian capital, Monrovia, from Wednesday to Thursday night, according to local police spokesman Moses Carter, replicated by local religious organizations and the media. of press.

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Carter said the death toll was provisional and may increase in the coming hours as there are numerous injuries.

Details about the event remain unclear. Local media said it was a Christian prayer meeting, known in Liberia as a “crusade,” which was held on a soccer field.

According to the spokeswoman for one of the convening religious organizations, the United Voice’s Of Christ Music Ministry, Diakena Seth Gbealley, at the end of the religious activity and while the faithful were returning to their homes, armed men from the neighboring city of New Kru allegedly began to kidnap other people, causing panic.

The situation made the attendees get scared and start running in disorder. For the facts, according to the local police, a person has been arrested.

Street gangs have become a growing problem in Monrovia and other Liberian cities in recent years, according to residents.

The Government of Liberia, through the Deputy Minister of Information, Jalawah Tonpo, expressed its sorrow for the loss of life and President George Weah was expected to visit the place this day.

Liberia, Africa’s oldest republic, is an impoverished country still reeling from consecutive civil wars between 1989 and 2003, as well as the Ebola epidemic in West Africa from 2014 to 2016.

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