A Senegalese immigrant in northern Italy hijacked a bus full of schoolchildren today. He was carrying canisters of flammable liquids (evidently diesel fuel and gasoline), and told the children that everyone was going to die to avenge his own children, whose deaths he blamed on Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
The driver failed to take away one child’s cell phone, and the resourceful youngster was able to alert the police. When the Carabinieri arrived, the terrorist poured out his accelerant and ignited the bus. Fortunately the officers were able to break the glass in the back door and get the kids out before they could suffer anything worse than smoke inhalation.
The angry culture-enricher was shrewd enough to plan his attack in advance and have his materials at hand. However, he doesn’t seem to have thought through his overall strategy very carefully, or he would have realized that his actions were an affirmation of Mr. Salvini’s arguments against allowing third-world immigrants into Italy.
The first of the following two videos is from a news story about what happened to the bus. Many thanks to He Ha for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
The second video is a brief interview with one of the students who was on the bus when it was hijacked and torched.
Below is a detailed article from ANSA about the torching of the bus in Cremona (hat tip Insubria):
Terror for Kids After Hijacker Sets Bus Alight
Man angry at govt migrant policy said ‘no one will survive’
(ANSA) — Milan, March 20 — A 47-year-old bus driver was held by Carabinieri police on Wednesday after allegedly hijacking a bus with schoolchildren aboard and subsequently setting it on fire after tying their hands with plastic electrical ties in an apparent attempt to kill them, sources said.
The children’s terror lasted for almost 40 minutes as the man, angry at government migrant policy, confiscated their phones and said no one would survive.
But one boy, 13-year-old Rahmi, managed to keep hold of his phone and call the police.
The man hijacked the bus with 51 pupils from a middle school in the northern province of Cremona.
The suspect has been named as Ousseynou Sy, a man with a criminal record who is originally from Senegal but has been an Italian citizen since 2004.
He said he wanted to kill himself and “stop the deaths in the Mediterranean,” the sources said.
Sy ordered a teacher to tie the children’s hands with plastic ties but the teacher only attached the ties to four or five of them, and so lightly that they easily freed themselves afterwards, local sources said.
“No one will survive,” Sy said after hijacking the vehicle outside San Donato near Milan, according to Carabinieri Provincial Commander Luca De Marchis.
After being stopped by police, he got off the bus and set it alight, having poured petrol inside.
But the Carabinieri managed to get the children out by smashing windows at the back, the sources said. Before being stopped, the suspect had also tried to ram through a road block. Twelve children and two adults were taken to hospital after suffering smoke inhalation, as was Sy, the sources said.
The bus is a write-off.
A teacher who was with the children said that it was not the first time Sy drove a bus with pupils on board.
“We knew him” the teacher said, adding that the hijacker was angry about the government’s migrant policy.
“He wanted to get to the runway at (Milan’s) Linate (airport)”.
The children’s ordeal lasted nearly 40 minutes, local sources said.