Brazil school shooting: Deadly attack in São Paulo

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International desk: Two gunmen have opened fire at a school in south-eastern Brazil, killing at least six students and two employees, officials say.

The shooting happened at about 09:30 local time (12:30 GMT) when the students were on a break at the state school in Suzano, near São Paulo.

The gunmen, who were wearing masks, killed themselves after the attack, police say. While gun crime is common in Brazil, shootings of this nature are not, according to BBC report.

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office in January, has signed a decree making it easier for law-abiding citizens to own a gun, a key campaign promise, even though many restrictions remain in place.

The identities of the victims and the alleged attackers – who were said to be former students at the school aged between 20 and 25 – have not yet been released. The motive for the shooting is not clear, police say.

The school has some 1,000 primary and secondary students, aged between six and 18, and a language centre. It is located in downtown Suzano, some 50km (31 miles) from São Paulo.

“It’s a very sad scene, the saddest thing I’ve seen in my entire life. The teenagers were brutally murdered,” São Paulo state governor João Doria said after visiting the school.

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