Italian security forces arrested a 47-year-old man after allegedly hijacking a bus he was driving full of schoolchildren and subsequently starting a fire inside the vehicle.
The suspect has been named as Ousseynou Sy, a man who is originally from Senegal but has been an Italian citizen since 2004.
According to an initial reconstruction, the man hijacked the bus with 51 pupils of a middle school at Vailati di Crema, in the northern province of Cremona.
Sources are quoted as saying that Sy said that he wanted to kill himself and “stop the deaths in the Mediterranean”.
A teacher who was with the children onboard the bus said that it was not the first time Sy drove a bus with pupils on board, adding that the hijacker was angry about the government’s migrant policy and wanted to get to the runway at Milano’s Linate airport.
Carabinieri police managed to block the bus after one of the students on the bus sounded the alarm.
Twelve children and two adults were taken to hospital after suffering smoke inhalation, as was Sy.