A man with a hatchet entered a daycare center in southern Brazil by jumping over a wall on Wednesday, killing and injuring several children.
Here’s What Happened
Brazilian authorities reported that the man killed four children and injured at least five others.
The attacker surrendered at a police station and appeared to be unrelated to the center, which provides nursery, preschool, and after-school services.
The dead were between the ages of 5 and 7, authorities said.
Blumenau’s mayor, Mário Hildebrandt, announced a 30-day mourning period and the suspension of classes due to social media rumors about other possible attacks.
The mayor said five wounded children were taken to hospitals, one of them in a serious condition.
School attacks in Brazil have happened with greater frequency in recent years. Last week, a student in Sao Paulo fatally stabbed a teacher and wounded several others in Sao Paulo.
“There is no greater pain than that of a family who loses its children or grandchildren, even more so in an act of violence against innocent and defenseless kids,” Lula wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “My thoughts and prayers are the families of victims and the community of Blumenau in the face of the monstrosity of what occurred.”
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