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Czech politicians offer condolences to families of Munich victims

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Prague, July 23 (CTK) – Czech politicians expressed their condolences to the families of the victims of a young shooter who killed nine people, injured 27 and then committed suicide in a Munich shopping centre on Friday afternoon.

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Twitter he expresses deep regret for the victims, condolences to their families and full support for and solidarity with Germany and especially Bavaria.

Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said security has become a clear priority in the present Europe. Europe must take common action so that fanatics and violent criminals cannot force the EU citizens to leave their free and democratic way of life and so that these criminals are defeated and destroyed, he said.

President Milos Zeman has sent a letter of condolences to his German counterpart Joachim Gauck.

The Bavarian police said on Saturday the gunman was an 18-year-old German of Iranian origin whose attack had no political motive and was not linked to the Islamic State group. The youth showed interest in mass killings before the crime, was treated for depression and his act was a typical example of a mad shooter, the police said.

On Friday night, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (CSSD) said the attack was “barbarian” and confirmed that Europe is very dangerous nowadays.

Agriculture Minister Marian Jurecka (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) called for resolute steps against all who encourage and support similar attacks. “Nobody can feel safe against such terrorist attacks,” he said on Twitter.

“We must take care of our security and firmly and jointly intervene against all who may threaten it,” Czech opposition leader Petr Fiala (Civic Democrats, ODS) said.

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