On March 20, a driver hijacked and and set on fire a bus full of schoolchildren, Italian authorities said.
All 51 children managed to escape unhurt before the bus was engulfed in flames near Milan. The driver had reportedly threatened to pour petrol over them and set them alight. However, one child managed to call the police, who rushed to the scene and broke the bus windows to get everyone to safety.
A 47-year-old Italian citizen of Senegalese origin allegedly made this in protest against migrant drownings in the Mediterranean.
“He shouted, ‘Stop the deaths at sea, I’ll carry out a massacre’,” police spokesman Marco Palmieri quoted Sy as telling police after his arrest.