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Czech shooter 'had two guns and fired indiscriminately'

A gunman who killed eight people in a Czech restaurant had two guns and "opened fire indiscriminately", according to local news reports.

The scene is still cordoned off. Credit: EBU

The incident happened in the town of Uhersky Brod but the mayor has ruled out the possibility it was a terrorist attack.

A policeman stands guard at the restaurant where the attack took place. Credit: EBU

The gunman, who is also dead, is believed to be aged around 60 and mentally unstable.

Paramedics take away a body from the scene. Credit: EBU


Czech shooter thought to be local 'mentally unstable' man

The man who is thought to have shot dead eight people in a Czech restaurant was a 60-year-old local who may have been "mentally unstable", the town's mayor is reported to have said.

Patrik Kuncar, the mayor of the town where the incident took place, told Czech TV:

I have been conveyed information that it was a 60-year-old local man, probably mentally unstable.

– Patrik Kuncar, mayor of Uhersky Brod

Mr Kuncar also said he believed the incident was the "isolated act" of a lone shooter and that the man killed himself after the spree.

The shooter was reported to have been killed and several people were injured in the incident.

Minister: Suspect in Czech shooting 'also dead'

A man suspected of killing 8 people in a restaurant in the eastern town of Uhersky Brod has also been killed, Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has said.

Reuters report that the minister told the agency CTK News that the "suspected shooter" was also dead, bringing the death toll from the incident to at least nine.

The town of Uhersky Brod is 300 km (180 miles) southeast of Prague.

Czech Republic: Russia sent 'high number of spies'

Russia deployed an "extremely high" number of intelligence officers at its Czech embassy last year, according to an annual report from NATO member's secret service.

The Czech Republic's secret service has accused Russia of spying. Credit: PA

The Security Information Service (BIS) said Russian and Chinese spies in the Czech Republic work mostly to use politicians or journalists to extend their influence and secure their countries' economic interests.

It added: "Both the Russian and the Chinese embassy employ intelligence officers serving under diplomatic cover. In 2013, the number of such officers at the Russian embassy was extremely high,"

Other intelligence officers travelled to the Czech Republic individually as tourists, experts, academics or businessmen, the report claimed.

It added: "Russian intelligence services attempted to make use of both open and covert political, media and societal influence to promote Russian economic interests in the Czech Republic."


Czech deer still afraid to cross Iron Curtain

Almost 25 years after the electric fences separating the Czech Republic from Germany were removed, deer still refuse to cross the border that once posed a threat to their predecessors.

Deer near the town of Harrachov, Czech Republic Credit: AP

A seven-year study by the Czech Republic's Sumava National Park showed that red deer - who were born years after the Cold War ended - still avoid the border that was once protected by electrified barbed-wire fences and heavily armed guards.

Pavel Sustr, who lead the study, said that the research shows the animals stick to traditional patterns and return every year to the same places.

"Fawns follow mothers for the first year of their life and learn from them where to go," he added.

Palestinian ambassador killed 'by explosives in safe'

The Palestinian ambassador to Prague was killed in an explosion that was triggered when he opened the door to a safe, Czech police said.

"According to information from the investigation so far, this was definitely not a terrorist attack," national police president Martin Cervicek said on Czech Television.

Police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova said an explosive - which may have been part of a security mechanism - went off after the safe was opened. "With the greatest probability, an explosive device placed on the door of the safe was triggered," she said.

The Palestinian foreign ministry, in a statement reported by the official WAFA news agency, said the blast happened minutes after Jamal opened a safe that had come from the embassy's old offices.

Some safes can be fitted with small charges to destroy secret documents in the event of the lock being tampered with.

Report: Blast detonated when diplomat opened case

A Palestinian official has told Reuters that the Ambassador Jamal recently moved to the residence while another source said the blast was detonated when he opened an "old case".

Speaking from Ramallah, the source said: "He moved an old case with him to the new house from the old house. And when he opened it, the explosion happened."

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