Children doused in flammable liquid and set alight; ten dead, dozens injured

UPDATE @ October 8 2017 6am | The death toll from an attack on a daycare centre in Brazil has risen to 10.

A four-year-old girl has become the latest to die of her injuries.

Seven children and a care worker, from the centre in the eastern city of Janauba, died after being doused in alcohol and set alight.


A security guard, who used to work at the centre, broke in on Thursday, and carried out the horrendous attack.

He also burned the building, before setting himself on fire.

EARLIER @ October 7 2017 4:50pm | SEVEN kindergarten children have died after being doused in flammable liquid and set alight at a school in Brazil.

A security guard with previous mental health issues allegedly sprayed the kids with alcohol before setting fire to the Innocent Children’s People Municipal Education Centre in the city of Janauba on Thursday morning.

It’s understood the 50-year-old guard was recently sacked from the school and carried out the attack as revenge.

In total, seven four-year-old children perished in the inferno, along with a 43-year-old teacher. A further 40 people were taken to three different hospitals for treatment.

Most of the victims are said to be children aged just four and five, with at least 25 of them being treated for burns.

Five of the deceased children were burnt alive in the atrocity, while two others died in hospital on Friday afternoon.

The security guard reportedly set himself on fire after the attack and died in hospital a few hours later.

The guard had reportedly suffered from mental health issues in 2014.

The mayor of Janauba has declared seven days of mourning following the tragedy.

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