Preschoolers die after being set alight in Brazil

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'We believe a security guard at the nursery set himself on fire and set fire to children in the kindergarten'. Four children and a teacher died, in addition to the guard.

At least five children and a teacher were killed on Thursday as a security guard for a day care center in the little town of Janaúba, Minas Gerais threw alcohol on them and then lit a match.

Dozens of people were also hurt in the blaze while the guard, who was reported to be mentally ill, died after succumbing to his own burn injuries.

The mayor of Janauba, Carlos Isaildon Mendes, declared seven days of mourning for the victims.

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The incident left the perpetrator "with burns all over his body", Bruno Ataide Santos, director of the local hospital stated.

The attack - which was perpetrated by Damião Soares dos Santos, 50, who also died - was premeditated, according to police who found gallons of fuel in his home. With only 2 hospitals in the small town of 80,000 people, numerous more seriously hurt were taken by police helicopter to Minas Gerais' capital Belo Horizonte, more than 500 kilometers away.

"My little girl was so good, so smart", Nelson de Jesus Silva, the father of one victim, Ana Clara Ferreira, told Globonews TV. "I woke him up early to bring him here and when I saw him again he was dead in the hospital", Kelly said between sobs.

The suspect reamins in a serious condition in hospital after the attack - his motive remains unclear. Most of injuries were children between 4 and 5 years old. "I want to express my sympathy to the families".