A bus driver of Senegalese descent hijacked his own vehicle and set it on fire in Italy while more than 50 children, whose hands he had bound, were on board.
The 47-year-old driver said he was acting in revenge for the thousands of migrants, many of them African, who have drowned in the Mediterranean in recent years while trying to reach Europe from Libya.
The man, named as Ousseynou Sy, was driving 51 children from their middle school near the city of Cremona to a sporting event when he started making threats, brandishing a knife. He had also bound the hands of the children so they could not leave the bus.
In an ordeal that lasted around 40 minutes, he started driving towards nearby Milan. He rammed the bus into cars on a busy highway before it came to a stop at a roadblock set up by police. He then doused the bus in petrol and set it on fire.
According to police, he said, “No one will survive,” as he set the bus alight.
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