Security guard sets nursery on fire, kills 5 toddlers

Sergio Conner
October 6, 2017

The guard threw gasoline over children at the nursery, and over himself then set the fuel on fire at the Innocent Children's People Municipal Education Centre in Janaúba, in Minas Gerias, south east Brazil, police say.

One of the victims was Ana Clara Ferreira Silva, and her twin brother Victor told the Globo news website that they had enjoyed watching Peppa Pig together on TV. The firefighter, who declined to give his name, said the majority of the victims ranged in age from 1 to 4 years old.

At least 40 other people have been injured in the fire, according to reports.

The guard was also hospitalized in serious condition.

The attacker, aged 50, had worked as a night watchman at the school since 2008 and allegedly suffered from depression.

A man burned four children to death before setting himself on fire on Thursday at a kindergarten in Brazil's southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

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Police have been to his home and visited friends and relatives in an effort to understand his motive.

"I want to express my solidarity with the families".

Brazilian President Michel Temer expressed his sympathies via Twitter.

"This must be a very, very painful loss", he added.

The mayor of Janauba - population 70,000 - declared seven days of mourning.

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