At least 15 killed in Prague university shooting, suspect 'eliminated', say police

Evacuation of students underway

Prague university shooting A police officer secures the area following the shooting at one of the buildings of Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic | Reuters

As many as 15 people were killed and dozens got injured on Thursday in a mass shooting incident at Charles University in Prague's Jan Palach Square. According to police, the suspect was 'eliminated'.

"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. “The gunman was eliminated,” said police. Police has identified the shooter as a student at the university. 

According to Czech media, the shooting occurred at the Charles University Faculty of Arts, reported AFP.

"Don't go anywhere, if you're in the offices, lock them and place furniture in front of the door, turn off the lights," said the email sent to staff and students at the university..

The police have sealed off the square and the area adjacent to the university building, which is situated at 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.

In the wake of the incident, Prime Minister Petr Fiala cancelled his trip to the east of the country and was en route to Prague.


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