A Muslim migrant from Senegal highjacked a busload of children in Italy and began blaming Italy for African immigrants who drowned at sea. He started threatening the children with a knife, and police were told about the hijacker.
They were able to run the bus down, and while two policemen talked to the man, other officers broke open the rear door. The terrorist then set fire to the gasoline he had brought, but fortunately, they were able to get the kids out before the entire bus went up in flames. Fourteen of the children were injured and had to be taken to the hospital.
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The man, reportedly in his 40s, took the bus carrying two middle-school classes in Cremona province, about 25 miles from Milan, and drove for an hour before authorities intercepted the vehicle using three Carabinieri vehicles. Authorities were able to set up a roadblock based on information from an adult and a student who called a parent.
“While two officers kept the driver busy — he took a lighter and threatened to set fire to the vehicle with a gasoline canister on board — the others forced open the back door,” Commander Luca De Marchis told Sky24TV.
The driver started the blaze as officers broke the glass in the back door of the bus, allowing the passengers to escape before flames engulfed the entire vehicle. Video of the incident’s aftermath showed a charred metal frame.
Video appears to show African migrants hijacking a schoolbus in Italy as children flee screaming. The bus was set on fire after pic.twitter.com/PJyPASHJFK
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