4 Children, Teacher Killed After Being Set on Fire at Nursery in Brazil

Four children and a teacher have been killed in Brazil after a security guard threw flammable liquid on them and set them on fire, officials say.

The man also set himself alight at the childcare centre in the remote town of Janauba in Minas Gerais state.

Video footage showed chaotic scenes outside, as parents cried and panicked as the news broke.

Twenty-five people, mostly children aged four and five, are being treated for burns in local hospitals.

Some of the patients may still need to be airlifted to a specialised burns unit in the state capital, Belo Horizonte.

The mother of one of the victims, four-year-old Juan Miguel Soares Silva, told O Globo newspaper that she had been considering enrolling him in another nursery prior to the attack.

“We are about to move to a different neighbourhood,” Jane Kelly da Silva Soares said.

“I woke up early to drop him at the nursery. When I saw him again he was already dead in hospital.”

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