SAO PAULO (AP) – Police in Brazil arrested a teenager accused of trying to attack a school with explosives while wearing a Nazi armband Monday in a small town outside Sao Paulo.
No one was injured in the incident in Monte Moro, a municipality of 56,000 people about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of Sao Paulo, the city hall said in a statement.
Sao Paulo police said the 17-year-old was arrested with explosives and an ax, and that he was filmed removing those items from a car parked in front of the school. Police also said they seized an airsoft gun and Nazi propaganda from the teenager’s home.
The Monte Mor city government released a photo of the suspect wearing a Nazi armband when he was arrested.
School attacks are uncommon in the South American nation, but have occurred with somewhat greater frequency in recent years.
On November 26, a former student armed with a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver killed four people and wounded 12 at two schools in the small town of Aracruz in the state of Espirito Santo in southeastern Brazil. He had a swastika attached to his vest and had been planning the attacks for two years, police said.