Prague university shooting leaves several dead, police say

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Prague: A mass shooting at a Prague university on Thursday left 11 people dead – including the gunman – and nine seriously wounded, the Czech capital’s emergency services department said on social platform X.

Czech police said shortly after 3pm, local time, that it was responding to a school shooting at Prague’s Jan Palach Square, before reporting the shooter was “eliminated”.

Officers guard a street in downtown Prague, Czech police say a shooting in downtown Prague has killed an unspecified number of people and wounded others.Credit: AP

“The entire building is currently being evacuated and there are several dead and tens of injured at the site,” police said on social media platform X, formerly Twitter.

An email sent to staff and students at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University, seen by Reuters, had said a shooter was in one of its buildings and had told staff to “stay put”.

“Don’t go anywhere, if you’re in the offices, lock them and place furniture in front of the door, turn off the lights,” the email said.

One X user posted a photo of a group of students, hiding crouched on a ledge of the building.

Police officers stand on the balcony of Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in downtown Prague.Credit: AP

The police have sealed off the square and the area adjacent to the university building, which is located in a busy part of town that has a popular street leading tourists to Old Town Square

“According to preliminary information, the shooter himself should be dead, there are dead and wounded on site, I will not speculate now about the final number,” Interior Minister Vit Rakusan said on Czech Television.

Prime Minister Petr Fiala cancelled his trip to the east of the country and was en route to Prague, he said on X.


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