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PRAGUE – A Night of Horror Unfolds at Charles University
Gunman killed at least 15 people in Prague university : In a shocking turn of events, a gunman unleashed terror within an academic building in Prague on Thursday night, resulting in the tragic loss of at least 15 lives. The incident, described by the police and Prague’s rescue team as one of the most horrific mass shootings, unfolded in the department of philosophy at Charles University.
Shooter and Motive Remain Unidentified
Prague Police Chief Martin Vondrasek revealed that the assailant, a student at Charles University, opened fire within the academic premises. However, the identity of the shooter remains undisclosed, and the police have not provided any details about the victims or a possible motive for the attack.
Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakusan stated that investigators have found no evidence linking the shooter to any extremist group or ideology. The lack of a discernible motive adds to the mystery surrounding this tragic event.
Eyewitness Accounts and Response Efforts
Eyewitness Pavel Nedoma, the director of the nearby Rudolfinum Gallery, reported seeing someone on a balcony in the building firing an AK-47. The police are actively investigating the area, including the balcony, for potential explosives.
Prague City Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda ordered the evacuation of the building, and the surrounding area was sealed off by the police. The academic structure is situated near the Vltava River in Jan Palach Square, offering panoramic views of Prague Castle, the seat of the Czech presidency.
National Shock and International Response : Gunman killed at least 15 people in Prague university
Czech President Petr Pavel expressed his shock at the incident, offering condolences to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Petr Fiala canceled scheduled events and rushed to Prague, emphasizing the gravity of the situation.
Prague’s rescue services confirmed a total of 15 victims, including the gunman, with approximately 30 others sustaining various injuries, nine of which are reported as serious. Despite the scale of the tragedy, Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakusan reassured the public that there is no indication of additional attackers at the scene and no connection to any terrorist group.
The aftermath of this senseless act has transformed a location typically frequented by students, tourists, and visitors into a scene of terror and chaos, leaving the city and the nation in mourning. The investigation is ongoing as authorities work to unravel the details surrounding this devastating mass shooting at Charles University.