One dead, 800 injured in Philippine Religious parade

 10 Jan 2018 - 9:32

One dead, 800 injured in Philippine Religious parade
Devotees flock as a carriage bearing a Black Nazarene image makes its way back to Quiapo church, after a day-long annual religious procession in Manila, Philippines January 10, 2018. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao

AFP

Manila, One devotee died and more than 800 people were injured in the Philippine capital when millions joined a religious procession featuring a blackened image of Jesus, officials said on Wednesday.

The annual feast of the Black Nazarene, one of the world's largest Catholic festivals, drew 3.5 million barefoot devotees on Tuesday in what police described as a "generally peaceful" event despite crowds jostling to touch the icon.

However a former jail officer died of a heart attack after joining the scramble to climb onto the carriage bearing an image of the centuries-old Black Nazarene on Tuesday morning, city officials and police said.

People in the mainly Catholic Asian nation risk life and limb to kiss or touch the icon with towels, believing the Black Nazarene to possess miraculous powers.

Two people died during the 2016 event.

More than 800 people were hurt in this year's procession, including one who sustained a suspected neck and spine injury in a fall, according to the Philippine Red Cross.

The procession began before dawn on Tuesday and ended after midnight, some 22 hours later.

During the parade police shut down mobile phone signals in many areas of Manila to prevent potential terror attacks on the procession.

 

Related News

arrow Read More
Soldier, five rebels dead in southern Philippine clash: army

 08 Jan 2018 - 10:38

Five Muslim rebels and a soldier were killed during a weekend ground and air assault by Philippines security forces on militants supportive of the Islamic State group in a restive southern region, the military said Monday.

arrow Read More
Suspect in murder of Philippine environmentalist freed

 06 Jan 2018 - 13:29

A former Philippine official charged with the murder of a prominent environmentalist has been freed after a court voided the case against him, his lawyer said Saturday.

arrow Read More
Two dead, thousands flee in storm-weary Philippines

 02 Jan 2018 - 12:19

Two people were killed and thousands fled strong winds and floods as a tropical depression hit the central Philippines on Tuesday, following deadly back-to-back storms during the Christmas season.