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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Officials in southern Brazil say an assailant on Tuesday killed several children and at least one teacher at a nursery in the town of Saudades.

City Education Secretary Gisela Hermann described “a scene of terror” at the school in an interview with the online news site G1. “There was a guy lying on the floor, but still alive, a dead teacher, a dead child too,” she said.

The police department did not make an immediate statement, but O Globo, Folha de S. Paulo and G1 reported that three children and two teachers were killed.

G1 cited police officer Ricardo Newton Casagrande as allegedly saying that an 18-year-old entered the daycare with a knife.

The governor of the state of Santa Catarina, Carlos Moisés, lamented this “devastating news” on his official Twitter profile. “My solidarity with the families, the school community and all the inhabitants of this welcoming city.

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