Prophet Abraham Kromah
After the death of 29 persons at a Christian crusade on Wednesday night at 9pm January 19, 2021, authority of the Liberia National Police has reportedly invited Prophet Abraham Kromah head of the More Grace International, a group that sponsored the New Kru Town crusade.
According to report a pregnant woman was among those reportedly killed.
Exodus Morias, a resident who attended the event, told Reuters the stampede began after a group of armed men rushed the crowd in an attempt to stage a robbery.
“We saw a group of men with cutlasses and other weapons coming toward the crowd,” Morias said. “While running, some people dropped and others fell on the ground and walked over them.”
Bands of Liberian street gangs known as Zogos commonly commit robberies with machetes and other small weapons.
Police spokesman Moses Carter declined to comment on what caused the incident. He said an investigation is under way.
President George Weah, who is expected to visit the site on Thursday afternoon, declared a three-day period of national mourning and said the Liberian Red Cross and Disaster Management Agency had been called in to assist victims, his office said.
A witness said the stampede happened when armed men rushed the crowd in a robbery attempt.