Death toll in Brazil nursery attack rises to nine

2017-10-08 19:01
Grieving parents walk to a cemetery in Janauba to lay to rest one of the children killed in the daycare facility. (Alex de Jesus, AFP)

Grieving parents walk to a cemetery in Janauba to lay to rest one of the children killed in the daycare facility. (Alex de Jesus, AFP)

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Sao Paulo - A girl who was burned in an arson attack at a nursery school in Brazil has succumbed to her wounds, bringing the overall death toll to nine.

The four-year-old girl had been transferred to a hospital in Belo Horizonte , the state capital of Minas Gerais north of the small town of Janauba where the attack occurred, according to Folha de Sao Paulo, a local newspaper.

A security guard at the nursery sprayed his young victims with alcohol before setting fire to the building. He himself died from burns a few hours later.

According to local authorities, he had suffered from mental health issues since 2014.

In total, eight four-year-old children were killed, along with a teacher aged 43. Another 40 people were treated at three hospitals in the region.

The mayor of Janauba declared seven days of mourning, while Brazil's President Michel Temer expressed his solidarity with the victims of the "tragedy".

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