Three young children and two nursery workers were killed on Tuesday by an 18-year-old man armed with a knife in Saudades, a small town of about 10,000 inhabitants in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, in the south of the country.
“The perpetrator (of this attack) also turned his knife against him, injuring his neck, abdomen and chest. He was transferred in serious condition to the hospital, ”the military police said in a statement.
Three days of official mourning
A fourth child was slightly injured, said Commissioner Jerônimo Marçal Ferreira during a press briefing in front of the nursery, adding that the assailant had no criminal record. Authorities did not specify the age of the victims, but local media reported that the facility accommodated children from six months to two years old. The governor of Santa Catarina, Daniela Reinehr, has declared an official mourning of three days.
The last bloody attack on a school in Brazil dates back to March 2019, when two former students shot dead eight people before killing themselves at a college in Suzano, in the Sao Paulo region.