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02 Feb 2020 | 09:05 AM UTC

Tanzania: Deadly stampede in Moshi during church service February 2

At least 20 killed in stampede during church service in Moshi (Kilimanjaro region) February 2; death toll expected to rise

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Event

At least 20 people were killed and 16 others injured in a stampede during a church service in Kilimanjaro region on Sunday, February 2. An estimated 10,000 people had gathered at a sports stadium in the town of Moshi for the service. The stampede occurred after attendees rushed forward to be anointed by Pastor Boniface Mwamposa. Mwamposa was later arrested in Dar Es Salaam for his role in the incident.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected in the area over the coming hours.

Advice

Individuals present in Moshi are advised to exercise caution and to avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings. People present in Moshi are advised to avoid the area of the stampede.