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Police arrest pastor over death of 20 members during rush for ‘anointing oil’

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The Tanzanian government has arrested Pastor Boniface Mwamposa after twenty people were killed and a dozen others injured in a stampede during a church meeting in the northern Tanzanian city of Moshi.

He was arrested in Dar es Salaam, after he flew there to lead a prayer service at another branch of his church.

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The tragic stampede occurred overnight on Sunday when his church faithful were being ushered through an exit so that they could walk on “anointed oil,” according to a government spokesman.

Interior Minister George Simbachawene confirmed Mwamposa’s arrest. The charges against him were not immediately revealed.

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