Christian Crusade Stampede Tragedy In Liberia

Tony Davenport | vision.org.au
Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

A Christian crusade has turned to tragedy in the west African nation of Liberia.

At least 30 people, including 11 children, were killed during a stampede in the capital Monrovia.

Many others are critically injured.

Hundreds of worshippers were attending the all-night crusade organised by a popular radio host and pastor at an open-air Pentecostal church.

Police say the stampede occurred when an armed street gang stormed into the revival area.

The intruders appeared intent on stealing cash donations collected at the end of the event.

Some witnesses say gang members wielding machetes and knives, started attacking worshippers while trying to grab the money.

The crowd then tried to flee in all directions.

Some fell over and were crushed by others running away.

President George Weah has declared three days of national mourning for the victims.

 

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