Deadly attacks on childcare centres – Manila Bulletin


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PARIS, France — A former police officer’s attack Thursday on a nursery in Thailand killed at least 35 people, most of them children.

The horrific violence was sadly the latest example of deadly assaults on care centres for young children.

Here are some previous examples from other nations:

Deadly fire in Brazil

Nine children, aged up to four, died in October 2017 when a security guard at a nursery school in Brazil sprayed the children with alcohol and started a fire.

A teacher who tried to save the pupils and a security guard were also killed, with another roughly 40 people injured at the nursery school in Janauba in eastern Brazil.

In May 2021, also in Brazil, an 18-year-old attacker armed with a samurai-style sword burst into a daycare centre and killed three children and two staff.

The attacker then turned his weapon on himself, said authorities in southern Santa Catarina state.

Stabbing attacks in China

A disgruntled landlord killed seven young children — five boys and two girls — and two adults with a meat cleaver in May 2010 at a kindergarten in northern China.

The incident in the city of Hanzhong, which ended with the attacker’s suicide, was the fifth attack on children in the country in the span of two months that year.

The kindergarten’s operator and her 80-year-old mother also died in the attack at the start of the school day, while another 11 children were injured.

On August 3, 2022, also in China, a knife attacker killed three people and wounded six others at a kindergarten in southeast China’s Jiangxi province.

Russian nursery school

Two children and a teacher were killed in April 2022 when a man opened fire at a nursery school in the central Russian region of Ulyanovsk, before taking his own life.

Belgian creche stabbings

A 20-year-old Belgian man killed two infants and a 54-year-old woman employee at a child daycare centre in Dendermonde, western Belgium in January 2009 in a spree of violence lasting less than 15 minutes.

After staff opened the door, the man barged into The Country of Fables daycare centre with a 30-centimetre (12-inch) long knife and began attacking some of the children lying in beds, none more than three years old.

The man’s face was painted white with black around his eyes — making some think of the Joker character from Batman.

He was arrested an hour later and eventually sentenced to life in prison.

 

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