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Three people have died and nine others injured during a stampede at Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s Enlightened Christian Gathering Church in Pretoria, South Africa during a service in the church over the weekend.

According police spokesperson, Augustinah Selepe said that members at the church service started to push each other in a scramble to find shelter during a heavy downpour on Friday evening.

“Our preliminary report indicates that the community assembled at the showground to attend the church service around 8pm at Hall C. According to them, when the rain started the congregation started to push each other and a stampede occurred. Unfortunately that led to three deaths and nine injuries,” Selepe said.

He added that the victims were women and Police have opened an inquest for investigation

An eye witness, Terence Baloyi said congregants had panicked during the thunderstorm, which he said resulted to stamped.

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