BIG BREAKING NEWS – WORSHIPPERS AT CHRISTIAN CEREMONY DEAD: 29 People Including 11 Children And A Pregnant Woman [#Liberia #Monrovia] 01/20
At least 29 people in Liberia, including 11 children and a pregnant woman, have died in a crowd crush of worshippers at a Christian ceremony in a densely populated area of the capital, Monrovia.
The crush occurred when a gang of thugs armed with knives attacked some of the hundreds of people attending the ceremony at about 9 PM on Wednesday night according to a police spokesperson, Moses Carter.
One person has been arrested.
The Rev Abraham Kromah, who was holding the ceremony and who runs a church in the New Georgia township of Monrovia, was also brought in for questioning.
The bodies have been taken to the morgue of Redemption hospital, close to where the incident occurred in a beach area called New Kru Town.
The Red Cross has erected tents near the site for families to come in with photos to identify the bodies of their loved ones.
Street gangs have become an increasing problem in Monrovia and other Liberian cities in recent years, residents say.
The Liberian president, George Weah, visited the scene on Thursday and declared 3 days of national mourning.
George Weah said there should be regulations on how prayer ceremonies, which Liberians call “crusades”, were conducted.
The measures should limit the number of people allowed to attend, based on the size of the venue.
Even though “we all are religious people”, everyone should be willing to comply with these regulations for safety reasons.
Dozens of worshippers die in crush at Christian prayer meeting in Liberia – The Guardian