3 children among 5 killed in stabbing attack at Brazil daycare
Published: 11:20 AM, 5 May 2021
An 18-year-old attacker armed with a samurai-style sword burst into a daycare center in Brazil on Tuesday and killed three children and two staff.
The attacker then turned his weapon on himself, gashing his own neck, abdomen and torso, said authorities in Saudades, a town of 10,000 people in Santa Catarina state.
“He was taken to the hospital in critical condition,” police said in a statement.
Officials did not indicate a motive for the gruesome attack and said the assailant had no criminal record.
The children’s ages were not released. Local media reported that the center was for children aged six months to two years.
A fourth child suffered light wounds, police chief Jeronimo Marcal Ferreira told journalists outside the daycare, where police and emergency workers had cordoned off the area.
A policeman described the attacker’s weapon as “samurai-style,” and displayed it to the press: a long knife or short sword wrapped in yellow plastic and sealed in an evidence bag.
Governor Daniela Reinehr declared three days of mourning across the state.