Brazil nursery attack: Children set on fire in Minas Gerais

Brazil nursery attack: Children set on fire in Minas Gerais

The former security guard was seen carrying a pink backpack where he allegedly carried flammable liquid, possibly alcohol or gasoline, which he then used to set the victims and himself on fire.

The security guard did the night shift at the daycare center for over a decade.

According to witnesses, Soares dos Santos set fire to himself in one of the three rooms in the facility, and after, he started heading in the direction of the children.

Carlos Isaildon Mendes, Mayor of Janauba said, "This is a very complicated situation".

Of the 25 people who were injured, 22 were children - the parts of the body and the extent to which each victim was burned vary considerably, but a lot of them are in critical condition.

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Around 50 people were injured, 15 of them seriously, as the blaze ripped through the Innocent People nursery in Janauba, southeastern Brazil. Some 40 people were taken to local hospitals.

Police have been to his home and visited friends and relatives in an effort to understand his motive. "I woke him up early to bring him here and when I saw him again he was dead in the hospital", Kelly said between sobs.

But police superintendent Renato Nunes told the website of the Hoje em Dia newspaper that the guard had mental health problems since 2014.

Brazil's President Michel Temer said: I am deeply saddened by this tragedy involving children in Janauba, and I want to express my solidarity with the families. I, who am a father, imagine that this must be a most painful loss.

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