Twenty Christians killed in Tanzanian Church when they surged toward to touch holy oil

indiafaith    04-Feb-2020

At least 20 people have been crushed to death and 16 others injured during an outdoor religious service in Tanzania, BBC reported.

 

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Worshippers were attending a Pentecostal service Moshi district in the evening.
 
According to media reports, Survivors said Pastor Boniface Mwamposa told hundreds of people gathered at the service to pass through an area where "blessed oil" had been poured over the floor. The crowd rushed forward to try to step in the oil in the hope of being cured of sickness.
 
A witness who was at the service, Peter Kilewo, told reporters that the scene was "horrible" and that people were "trampled on mercilessly, jostling each other with elbows."
He added: "It was like the preacher had thrown bundles of dollars about."
 
According to media reports, the pastor had flown to another city after the stampede to lead a prayer service at Church.
 
"There has been a rise in the number of pastors who claim they can perform "miracle cures" and eradicate poverty in Africa in recent years. Preachers who spread what they call the "prosperity gospel" have been involved in financial scams and money laundering schemes, as well as other stampedes. Last year, three people were killed in a stampede at a Church in Pretoria, South Africa, during a service led by Shepherd Bushiri, Africa's wealthiest pastor. He was charged with money laundering and fraud after accusations that he had smuggled cases of money out of South Africa on his private jet in February 2019," The New York Times reported.