Six killed as gunman attacks Czech hospital


A gunman opened fire in a hospital in the eastern Czech city of Ostrova, killing six people and seriously injuring two others.

The attack took place at about 7.19am local time on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told the public Czech Television that the shooting took place in a waiting room, adding that the attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range.

“There were four dead and two injured people who unfortunately died too,” Babis said.

Police said on Twitter that after a manhunt they had tracked down a silver Renault car containing the suspected shooter.

The alleged gunman, 42, killed himself with a shot to the head, police added.

Investigators published a photo of the suspect, having withdrawn an earlier photo of a different man wearing similar clothes. They said that man was now considered to be a witness.

The unexplained attack is the worst shooting in the country since eight people were killed at a restaurant in Uhersky Brod in 2015.

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