3 January 2013

Angola: Home Affairs Orders Investigation Into Deaths of Faithful

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File Photo:Tragedy Claims 13 Lives At Religious Year-End Mass in Angola.

Luanda — The Interior Ministry (MININT) has ordered the Criminal Investigation Police to open an enquiry into the causes that led to the deaths of 13 people on December 31, 2012, at "Cidadela" stadium in Luanda during a vigil dubbed "The Day of the End", sponsored by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.

This is contained in a press release from the MININT, which stresses that the result of enquiry will be duly submitted to the Public Prosecutor's Office.

According to MININT, the Luanda provincial government has informed the Provincial Command of National Police and Fire-Fighter Department on vigil, who in their turn, made their operational plans for securing the event.

The source added that the church has expressed, taking into account the religious nature of the event, the interest to ensure safety inside the venue, while the police would restrict only securing outside.

To this purpose, the church recruited 300 self-protection members to secure inside of the Stadium.

In the period preceding the event, the church distributed posters, t-shirts, among other advertising material, calling on the faithful and families to attend the vigil.

The message focused on the end to disease, jealousy, witchcraft, debt, poverty, among others.

On the day of the event, the note adds, people from various provinces flocked the venue that was insufficient to accommodate the high turnout.

In its communiqué, the MININT also says that forces of the National Police and Fire-Fighter and National Institute of Medical Emergencies (INEMA) moved 114 people after the tragedy to the hospitals of Américo Boavida, Josina Machel, Lucrecia Paim and Prenda, where 13 people died including three children.

In the face of the unfortunate occurrence, the Interior Ministry addresses condolences to the family and relatives of the victims, the note reads out.

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