A bus driver of Senegalese descent hijacked his personal automobile and set it on hearth in Italy whereas greater than 50 children, whose fingers he had certain, had been on board.
The 47-year-old driver mentioned he was performing in revenge for the 1000’s of migrants, many of them African, who’ve drowned in the Mediterranean in current years whereas attempting to succeed in Europe from Libya.
The person, named as Ousseynou Sy, was driving 51 children from their center school close to the town of Cremona to a sporting occasion when he began making threats, brandishing a knife. He had additionally certain the fingers of the children so they might not go away the bus.
In an ordeal that lasted round 40 minutes, he began driving in direction of close by Milan. He rammed the bus into automobiles on a busy freeway earlier than it got here to a cease at a roadblock set up by police. He then doused the bus in petrol and set it on hearth.
In response to police, he mentioned, “Nobody will survive,” as he set the bus alight.
“He shouted ‘Cease the deaths at sea, I am going to perform a bloodbath’,” mentioned Marco Palmieri, a police spokesman.
Police succeeded in smashing the home windows of the automobile to permit the children to flee.
Cell phone footage taken by passing motorists confirmed children screaming in panic as they ran away from the automobile. Not less than 12 children had been taken to hospital for bruises, smoke inhalation or as a result of they had been affected by shock.
Francesco Greco, a prosecutor from Milan, mentioned: “It was a miracle, it may have been a bloodbath. The carabinieri (police) had been distinctive in blocking the bus and getting all of the children out. They broke the home windows and managed to get all 51 children out.”
One of the children instructed reporters that the driver had threatened to pour petrol on them and set them alight.
“He handcuffed us and threatened us. He mentioned that if we moved he would pour out the petrol and set hearth to it.
“He saved saying that folks in Africa are dying and the fault is Di Maio and Salvini’s” – a reference to Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini, the leaders of the 2 events that make up the populist coalition, Telegraph UK reviews.
A 12-year-old boy who was interviewed by Italian tv mentioned the driver claimed that three of his children had drowned at sea whereas attempting to succeed in Italy by boat from North Africa.
“He mentioned he had misplaced three children, that many children die at sea, so we should always die too, by being burned. I used to be afraid I’d die,” the boy mentioned.
Police mentioned the suspect, who obtained Italian citizenship in 2004, had a legal file, with convictions for sexual molestation and driving whereas drunk.
The bus driver was arrested on Wednesday and is more likely to face expenses of kidnapping, tried mass homicide, inflicting a hearth and resisting arrest. Prosecutors mentioned he may be charged with terrorism offences.