11 Children, Pregnant Woman Among Those Killed In Stampede

A total of 11 children are among at least 29 people including a pregnant woman who  have died in a stampede of worshippers at a crusade in the Borough of New Kru Town.

The spokesman of the Liberia National Police, H. Moses Carter said on Thursday, January 20, 2022 that the stampede erupted when a gang of thugs armed with knives attacked some of the hundreds of persons attending the ceremony at about 9:00PM on the night of Wednesday, January 19, 2022. Carter confirmed the arrest of one person.

Carter went on to say that the death toll was provisional and that it may increase because a number of people were still in critical condition.

The bodies have been taken to the morgue of Redemption Hospital, close to where the incident occurred.

Street gangs have become an increasing problem in Monrovia and other Liberian cities in recent years.

Pastor Abraham Kromah, a popular preacher, staged the two-day prayer event in New Kru Town and attracted large crowds, according to images circulating on social media.

Some eyewitnesses said they heard heavy noise towards the end of the event and saw several dead bodies.

A stampede at a similar prayer event in Margibi County in November 2021 and killed two infants, and hospitalized several others.

Meanwhile, President George Weahhas declared a three-day state of National Mourning following the tragic and heavy loss of lives as a result of the stampede in New KruTown.

The President has ordered that the national ensign be flown at half-mast at all public buildings throughout the Republic while the nation mourns.

Due to such a national calamity, the President has mandated the police to conduct a full-scale investigation to ascertain whether or not there is criminal culpability.

He urged the authorities of the police to ensure that the investigation is speedy and thorough, saying that anyone found liable will be dealt with by the law.

The Liberian leader has also called on health authorities, including the Liberian National Red Cross and the Disaster Management Agency, to assist with treatment and recovery efforts.

President Weah has conveyed his deepest sympathies to the families of the bereaved while thanking all those who provided help to the victims in the immediate aftermath of the stampede.

Moreover, the dedication ceremony of the new Duala Market which was to be performed by the President on Thursday has been postponed indefinitely in deference to the deceased.

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