ITALY – A man of Senegalese (West African) origin set a school bus full of children on fire on Wednesday to avenge the death of African migrants at sea.

ITALY – A man of Senegalese (West African) origin set a school bus full of children on fire on Wednesday to avenge the death of African migrants at sea.

March 20, 2019– Mary Greeley News – A Senegalese man abducted 51 children when he hijacked an Italian school bus and set the vehicle alight in a protest over migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

Ousseynou Sy, originally Senegalese but with Italian citizenship, stopped the bus he was driving, with two classes of high school students on board.

Sky TG24 said he has worked for the bus company for 15 years without any problems.

He was taking pupils from Vailati di Crema school to the gym when he went on a rampage in an apparent protest against migrant drownings in the Mediterranean.

One boy said the driver was holding two kids next to him hostage with a lighter.

The pupil said: “He wanted to kill us. He said he lost three daughters at sea.”

Police spokesman Marco Palmieri said: “He shouted, ‘Stop the deaths at sea, I’ll carry out a massacre’.”

He was said to have ordered the children’s hands to be bound and threatened to kill them and himself during the drive, before setting the vehicle on fire when he was stopped by a police blockade today.

One of the children told reporters the driver had threatened to pour petrol over them and set them alight.

ITALY – A man of Senegalese (West African) origin set a school bus full of children on fire on Wednesday to avenge the death of African migrants at sea.

He also ordered the kids chaperones to bind their hands, according to reports.

One of the group managed to call the police, who rushed to the scene and broke the bus windows to get everyone to safety.

A video posted on Italian news sites showed the driver ramming the bus into cars on a motorway before the fire took hold.

Children can be seen running away from the burning bus screaming and shouting “escape”.

Twelve children were reportedly taken to hospital as a precautionary measure because they had bruises or were in a state of shock, but none suffered serious injuries.

A teacher who was with the children told Ansa news agency the driver said he wanted to get to the runway at Milan’s Linate airport.

An unnamed girl was also quoted as saying that Sy blamed deputy prime ministers Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio for the deaths of African migrants at sea.

Officers broke the glass in the back door of the bus and got all the passengers to safety without serious injury before the flames destroyed the vehicle, authorities said.

ITALY – A man of Senegalese (West African) origin set a school bus full of children on fire on Wednesday to avenge the death of African migrants at sea.

Twelve children were reportedly taken to hospital as a precautionary measure because they had bruises or were in a state of shock, but none suffered serious injuries.

A teacher who was with the children told Ansa news agency the driver said he wanted to get to the runway at Milan’s Linate airport.

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An unnamed girl was also quoted as saying that Sy blamed deputy prime ministers Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio for the deaths of African migrants at sea.

ITALY – A man of Senegalese (West African) origin set a school bus full of children on fire on Wednesday to avenge the death of African migrants at sea.

He rammed the bus into cars on a busy highway before it came to a stop at a roadblock set up by police.

The driver was treated for burns and was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, intention to commit mass murder, arson and resisting law enforcement.

Sy, who has been an Italian citizen since 2004, has a criminal record for drunk driving and for a sexual abuse on a minor, reports La Repubblica.

All the passengers were able to escape through the back door and windows, although 12 children subsequently had to be taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

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