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TA-ATTACKS: Grenade Blast in Prague Shopping District

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posted on Aug, 1 2004 @ 07:11 AM
Story Submitted by: 0951 Article by: Valhall
A grenade lobbed into a crowded pedestrian area of the central shopping district of Prague has caused at least 18 injuries, including five Britons and citizens of the U.S., Germany and Slovakia. The attack is believed to have been gang related.

Explosion in Prague Shopping District

Emergency crews are at the scene just off Prague's central Wenceslas Square.

"Sixteen or 17 people were injured, all of them lightly. Most of them were hit by shrapnel or glass from the explosion," an emergency services spokesman said.

Police have cordoned off the area.

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Just breaking - details seem unclear, but the news report suggests it was a deliberate act.
At least 16 people have been injured in an explosion in a central shopping district in the Czech capital Prague, officials say.

It is not clear what caused the blast. Police are quoted as saying a car exploded, while another report suggests a hand grenade was thrown from a car.

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Only one source so far and breaking, so more references to follow ...

Reuters (no details yet):

BBC news site updated 12.24GMT:

"Witnesses say a hand grenade was thrown from a car outside a casino at about 1230 local (1030 GMT).

Most of those injured in the blast near Wenceslas Square were not thought to be seriously hurt. Two were Britons.

Initial reports suggest police are not treating the incident as terror-related but due to criminal activity. "

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[edit on 8-2-2004 by Valhall]

posted on Aug, 1 2004 @ 08:22 AM
Steady on folks.

Prague press is saying it was a handgranade rolled under the car of a small casino owner. There have been some light injuries and a lot of shock.

It's just their ordinary run of the mill gangland crap, relax.

posted on Aug, 1 2004 @ 09:36 AM
At least 18 hurt in grenade attack on Israeli-owned casino in Prague. Four people were said to be in a serious condition.
Tourists from Britain, U.S., Germany and Slovakia among those injured

Czech Prime Minister Stanislav Gross called the blast "a case of gangs settling accounts" in a radio interview.

Czech police rule out terror attack, say was attempted hit on owner, Asi Abutbul, whose father was murdered there two years ago.

[police spokeswoman] Knolova said the incident was being investigated as an attempted murder and said authorities had "ruled out" terrorism.

The owner of the Casino Royal is Israeli underworld figure Asi Abutbul, whose father, Felix, was murdered two years ago at the entrance to the establishment.

Abutbul was not wounded in Sunday's attack. The Abutbul family operates a hotel and casino in Prague. They also control numerous entertainment clubs, restaurants and gambling halls in Israel, primarily in Netanya.

Knolova refused to identify the car, but the CTK news agency said it was a white Jeep Cherokee with a license plate from the U.S. state of New Jersey.

haaretz: At least 18 hurt in attack on Israeli-owned Prague casino


posted on Aug, 1 2004 @ 09:37 AM
Damn and Prague has some of the most beautiful women in the world too. It's a shame there is so much violence in the world.

Maybe there should be a One World Order.....................

Maybe not...............

posted on Aug, 1 2004 @ 10:49 AM
Is drunk still in Prague? BTS Link
Hope everything's ok.

Prague is such a beautiful city. It's so sad that things like this happen. No one is immune.

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