Three toddlers and two workers killed in machete attack at nursery in Brazil
Three toddlers have been killed after a machete-wielding teenager stormed a nursery in southern Brazil.
The children, all thought to be under two years old, are among five victims, which also include a teacher and classroom assistant, at the Aquarela school in the city of Saudades.
Mayor Maciel Schneider told Globo News TV that a male youth aged between 14 and 18 had entered the day care centre on Tuesday morning armed with a knife.
Municipal education secretary Gisela Hermann described ‘a scene of terror’ as he began slaughtering babies and staff in an interview with the online G1 news site.
One worker who rushed to help, said: ‘I heard screams [and] cries for help. I went outside and saw my colleagues calling for help: “Please, call the police, an armed guy came in and is killing the children”.’
Several infants were there at the time, but terrified staff managed to gather many of them up and hide in other rooms.
Another employee, Aline Biazebetti, who was not present during the attack, told Globo: ‘They hid them under (furniture) and a teacher was able to secure the door.
‘[The knifeman] tried to open it but then he gave up.’
Military police said they were called to the nursery shortly after 10.30am local time to reports that a man wielding a machete had entered the building and was attacking teachers and pupils.
Santa Catarina state Governor Carlos Moises lamented the ‘devastating news’ on his official Twitter profile.
He wrote: ‘My solidarity with families, the school community and all residents of this welcoming city.’
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