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.
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.
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.
he was apprehended, the driver said he was protesting migrant deaths in
the Mediterranean, Commander Luca De Marchis told Sky TG24.
The incident happened in San Donato Milanese, a town near Milan, Italy.
47-year-old father of two, whose ex-wife is Italian, has been arrested
and charged with carnage and kidnapping, worsened by the fact that most
of the people involved are under age.
De Marchis told Sky TG24
that the driver, an Italian citizen of Senegalese origin in his 40s,
threatened the passengers, telling them that ‘no one would survive
today’ as he commandeered the bus carrying two middle-school classes in
Cremona province, some 25 miles (40 kilometres) from Milan.
quoted one of the students as saying the driver took all their phones
and ordered the chaperones to bind the students’ hands with cable ties,
threatening to spill gas and set the bus ablaze.
The student, whose name was not given, said a classmate managed to conceal his phone.
said that an adult called an emergency operator, while one of the
students called a parent, and they alerted authorities, who set up