A stampede during a religious gathering in Liberia . claims dozens of victims

At least 29 people were killed in a stampede during a Christian religious gathering on the outskirts of Monrovia, the Liberian capital, police said Thursday.

The incident occurred on the night between Wednesday and Thursday, according to i media.

For his part, police spokesman Moses Carter told AFP that the death toll is temporary and “could increase because other people find themselves in a critical situation “, adding that” among the dead were the children who were participating in the event “.

The nature of this religious gathering and the circumstances of the incident are still unclear. THE media locals reported that a Christian prayer meeting was organized in a football field.

‘loud bang’

For his part, eyewitness Emmanuel Gray, 26, told AFP: “I heard a loud noise” towards the end of the rally, noting that he saw several bodies.

Liberia, the oldest republic on the African continent, continues to suffer from poverty, the repercussions of the civil wars between 1989 and 2003 and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa between 2014 and 2016.

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