11 children among 29 killed by stampede at Liberian worship crusade
At least 29 people, including 11 children, have been pronounced dead after a stampede at a church gathering in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, Wednesday night.
Hundreds were in attendance at an all-night Christian crusade, which took place at an open-air Pentecostal church on the outskirts of the capital in the New Kru Town neighborhood when the incident happened, Deputy Information Minister Jalawah Tonpo told state radio Thursday.
“The doctors said 29 persons died and some are on the critical list,” Tonpo said while visiting a local hospital. “This is a sad day for the country.”
According to police officials who spoke with BBC, the stampede occurred after a street gang entered the revival area after a monetary collection was taken at the end of the event.
The worship event was organized by a well-known pastor known as Apostle Abraham Kromah, a radio host who pastors the World of Life Outreach International, the news outlet reports.
Kromah is believed by his followers to have the ability to heal people through prayers. An attendee named Exodus Morias told Reuters that the stampede began after a group of armed men tried to stage the robbery.