1 January 2013

Angola: Vigil Death Toll Rises

At least 13 people have been crushed to death and dozens more injured at a vigil organised by a Pentecostal church in Angola. Crowds of people were ... ( Resource: At least 13 killed in Angola Stadium Vigil Crush )

Luanda — The number of deaths following the tragic incident recorded on Monday at 07:30 pm at the gates of Cidadela Sports stadium, in Luanda, rose from nine to ten, said Tuesday the spokesperson of National Fire-fighters Department, Faustino Sebastião.

The incident occurred when the faithful were preparing to enter the stadium, venue that hosted a vigil of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, dubbed "Changeover Vigil - Day of the End".

According to the source, among the victims there were six adults and four children, adding that 120 others were wounded in the tragedy, with 12 admitted to Luanda-based hospitals.

The spokesman said the deaths occurred as a result of crushing and asphyxiation.

The organisers expected the event to gather about 70,000 people, a number that was surpassed.

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