Driver hijacks school bus carrying 51 school children and sets it alight

A bus carrying 51 schoolchildren was hijacked by its driver and set alight near Milan in Italy on Wednesday 20th March.

Police vehicles located the bus and forced it to a stop before the driver, during a stand-off with police, set it alight, having already doused the vehicle in petrol.

Italy's La Reppublica newspaper reported that all the hammers to break glass had been deliberately removed from the vehicle.

The children, some of them tied up, were rescued through smashed windows at the back of the bus and no-one was badly hurt. Fourteen people suffered smoke inhalation.

Prosecutors said the suspect faced charges of kidnapping, attempted mass murder, causing a fire and resisting arrest.