Security guard has set fire to the king: 4 children died

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Four toddlers and six adults have died after a security guard reportedly attacked a nursery school and began setting people alight. Santos died from his injuries at the hospital.

The suspect also set himself on fire and was taken to hospital with burns covering nearly all his body after the attack at Innocent Children's People Municipal Education Centre in Janaúba, in Minas Gerias, south east Brazil. "He has been an employee since 2008 and has never had a bad record so we could never have anticipated something of this nature happening", Mayor of Janauba, Carlos Isaildon Mendes, told the media.

A total of about fifty people were hospitalized due to injuries, 10 remained hospitalized in life-threatening conditions, said Bruno Ataide Santos, director of the hospital.

He was taken to hospital with burns to around 90 percent of his body.

Damiao Soares dos Santos, 50, was identified as the man who doused alcohol on a daycare in Janauba and set it on fire with people inside.

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"I woke up early to drop him at the nursery", Jane Kelly da Silva Soares told the local O Globo newspaper.

The dead children were aged four, the G1 news website reported.

The guard had worked nights for at least eight years at the nursery school, where he was not directly in contact with the children.

Police said officers went to the suspect's home and visited his relatives to try to understand the motive for the attack.

Brazil's President Michel Temer expressed his condolences on Twitter.