Teenager kills young children in Brazil nursery
|bbc.com 04 May 2021 at 16:52|
Several dozen children were in the building at the time of the incident and were forced to hide, officials said. A fourth child is said to have suffered minor injuries.
Military police said they received several calls at 10:35 local time (13:35 GMT) from neighbours who reported that a man armed with a machete had entered the nursery and was attacking staff and children.
Police said the man - who has not been named - first attacked a teacher who was at the entrance to the nursery. He reportedly followed her into one of the rooms, where he also turned on the children.
The nursery is located in the centre of Saudades, a town of about 9,000 people, and according to Globo news it cares for children under the age of 3.
image captionThe attack happened in the town of Saudades
"I heard screams [and] cries for help," one employee who was near the nursery at the time of the attack, Aline Biazebetti, told the AFP news agency.
"I went outside and saw my colleagues calling for help: Please, call the police, an armed guy came in and is killing the children, " she said.
At a news conference later on Tuesday, one police officer described the attackers weapon as "samurai-style" and displayed it to reporters.
Three days of mourning have been declared in Santa Catarina state.
While there have been deadly attacks in schools before in Brazil, they have mainly targeted older pupils.
In 2011, when a 23-year-old former pupil opened fire in a school in Rio. The victims ranged in age between 12 and 14 years of age
And two years ago, in March 2019, two young gunmen killed five pupils , a school administrator and a teacher at the Raul Brasil school near São Paulo.