Three children among five dead in day care stabbing rampage

Australian Associated Press
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A teenager has broken into a day care centre in southern Brazil and stabbed three children and two workers to death before being overpowered by police, officials say.

Municipal Education Secretary Gisela Hermann described a "horror scene" at the facility in Saudades, a town in Santa Catarina state.

She told Reuters in a telephone interview a female teacher and an educational assistant were among the dead.

Relatives gather outside the Aquarela preschool in Saudades, in the southern state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Source: AP/Liamara Polli via AAP
Relatives gather outside the Aquarela preschool in Saudades, in the southern state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Source: AP/Liamara Polli via AAP

She added other children would likely be hospitalised as a result of the attack.

Silvia Fernandes dos Santos, a local school board official, said the attack happened about 10am (local time) on Tuesday.

The teenager was taken into police custody after trying to harm himself, she said.

"He tried to... take his own life but he couldn't. So he was sent to the nearest hospital to be transferred. People were very angry and they wanted to deliver their own justice," Ms dos Santos told Reuters via telephone.

Police in the city of Chapeco, near Saudades, said they were investigating the incident but could not provide any information immediately.

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