4 toddlers killed when set alight at day care centre

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Sao Paulo - Four children died and several others were injured at a daycare centre in eastern Brazil on Thursday when a guard doused the school with alcohol and set it alight, officials said.

A firefighter in the city of Janauba said by telephone that the guard was among those injured and was in serious condition. The firefighter, who declined to give his name, said the majority of the victims ranged in age from 1 to 4 years old.

News portal G1, citing police sources, said a teacher had also died in the fire.

The daycare centre in Janauba, in the state of Minas Gerais, cares for about 70 children, according to local media.

Local media identified the guard as a 50-year-old man who helped with security at the daycare centre since 2008. The motive of the attack was unclear.

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