At least two dozen casualties have been recorded after a stampede occured in the suburbs of the capital city of Monrovia, Liberia.

The incident which was first reported on Wednesday night spanned into the early hours of Thursday as disclosed by local media sources.

Police spokesman, Moses Carter, informed the public that the death toll was provisional and may increase to dreaded numbers in the coming days; as several people in critical conditions have been hospitalized.

According to locals, the disaster had taken place during a religious gathering at a football pitch in New Kru Town, Monrovia. With the West African nation holding an estimated figure of five million Christians within its populace, it has been a norm in recent times for Clergymen to organise such gatherings, pouplarly referred to as ‘crusades’.

In this case, one Pastor Abraham Kromah had organised a two-day prayer retreat which had convened a host of Christians at the stadium. However, things turned sour when a gang of thugs – armed with knives and other harmful objects – had closed in on the crowd on Wednesday; resulting in a stampede.

The recent development also adds to an alarming number of Liberia’s public disasters in recent times. A similar incident had occured late last year, resulting in the death of two underaged and hospitalization of several others.

Fifty people also died in May 2020 when a mine had caved in at the North Western region of the country. The West African country also lost seventeen citizens to a shipwreck last year amidst its long battle with economic deterioration.

President George Weah declared a three-day period of national mourning and called on the Liberian Red Cross and Disaster Management to assist victims, according to his office.

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