Italy the dramatic rescue of 51 children wastaken hostage by their school bus driver, then torched the vehicle in protest at migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.
Migrants in unlawful resort in Italy the driver of Senegalese origin on Wednesday hijacked the bus as it was taking the 12-and 13-year-olds from a gym to school in Crema, east of Milan. Armed with two petrol canisters and a cigarette lighter, Ousseynou Sy threatened the youngsters, took their telephones and told the adults on board to tie them up with electric cables.
The 40-minute ordeal, during which the bus also slammed into a car, was brought to an end when police managed to smash the windows and get those on board out just as the driver set fire to the vehicle. A dozen children and two adults were taken to hospital for smoke and fume inhalation, according to emergency services.