الإثنين , يونيو 15 2020

Gunman kills eight in Czech town

A police officer patrols near a restaurant where a gunman opened fire in Uhersky Brod, in the east of the Czech Republic, 24 Feb

A gunman has opened fire at a restaurant in the Czech Republic, killing eight people before shooting himself dead, officials say.

The man burst into the restaurant in the eastern town of Uhersky Brod around lunchtime, “shooting indiscriminately”, the town’s mayor Patrik Kuncar said.

The incident is not believed to be terrorism related.

Several people were injured in the attack, with one woman said to have suffered serious chest wounds.

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said he was shocked by the attack and offered his condolences to relatives of the victims.

‘Lone shooter’

Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said the incident was the work of a “crazed individual”.

The gunman has been described as a local man aged 60.

Police forces and investigators in front of the site of a shooting at a restaurant in the city of Uherksy Brod, Czech Republic,Investigators are at the scene of the restaurant shooting

A helicopter at the scene of a gun rampage in the Czech RepublicSeveral people were injured in the attack, and are being treated in hospital

He rang the commercial channel Prima TV shortly before the attack, state television has reported.

Some 20 people were thought to have been in the restaurant at the time.

“I assume this was an isolated incident,” Mr Kuncar told state television. “We have various anti-terrorist measures but we can see that, here, probably a lone shooter struck with no warning.

“I’m rattled by this event. I never would have imagined something like this happening here, in a restaurant that I know well.”

Such shootings are rare, says the BBC’s Rob Cameron in Prague, but with hunting a popular hobby many people in rural areas own weapons.

A map showing Uhersky Brod, in the eastern Czech Republic

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