An 18-year-old attacker armed with a samurai-style sword like a machete, on Tuesday, killed three children and two staff at a daycare center in Saudades, a town of 10,000 people in Santa Catarina state in Brazil, local police said. After he turned the weapon on himself, gashing his own neck, abdomen and torso. “He was taken to the hospital in critical condition,” police said in a statement. Another child suffered light wounds. The assailant had no criminal record. The children’s ages were not released. Military police say they received several calls at 10:35 local time (13:35 GMT) from neighbours. Local media reported that the center was for children aged six months to two years. It is not clear what was behind the attack. Several dozen children were in the building at the time of the incident and staff tried to hide them.
Governor Daniela Reinehr declared three days of mourning across the state. The attacker has not been named. Saudades is a town of about 10,000 people. There have been deadly attacks in schools before in Brazil. In 2011, 12 children were killed and 22 others were seriously injured when a 23-year-old former pupil opened fire in a school in Rio. In March 2019, two young gunmen killed five pupils, a school administrator and a teacher at the Raul Brasil school near São Paulo.