Brazil nursery attack: Children set on fire in Minas Gerais

Marsha Scott
October 7, 2017

Four young children and a teacher have been killed in what is believed to be an arson attack at a nursery school in Brazil.

"I'm not going to let them continue in day care, my children are all small and have no defence of anything".

The guard, who was aged about 50 and named as Damião Soares dos Santos, was badly burnt and later died of his injuries.

The guard had worked for at least eight years at the nursery school where he was not directly in contact with the children.

He also set himself on fire, police said. 25 people mostly children aged between four and five were hospitalised with burn injuries. BBC reports that some of those who were injured may need to be airlifted to specialized trauma centers in the state capital of Belo Horizonte.

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He said that 4-year-old Renan Nicolas Santos died Thursday night due to burns that covered 90 percent of his body.

The security guard is accused of dousing people inside the day care center with flammable liquid before starting a fire.


"I deeply regret this tragedy with the children in Janaúba (MG)".

Brazilian President Michel Temer expressed his condolences via Twitter. "We hope these things will not happen again in Brazil".

The municipality of Janauba announced a 7-day mourning in region. State police said officers were visiting the suspect's family members to try and determine the motive behind the attack.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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