Grenade Explodes in Central Prague
A grenade thrown from a passing car exploded in a crowded shopping district at the heart of Prague's historic centre but officials say the attack was criminal and not terror-related. A spokesman for the Prague emergency department said 18 people were injured on Sunday, including one child. Four of the injured were in a serious condition, the rest were treated on the scene. "This was not a terrorist attack, it was not a bomb," Prague Deputy Mayor Rudolf Blazek told reporters at the scene. The pedestrian street was teeming with thousands of tourists enjoying a warm and sunny afternoon in the area, which is home to nearby historic sites such as Wenceslas Square, and the Estates Theatre where Mozart's opera "Don Giovanni" premiered. Blazek said that the damage was limited because the grenade rolled under a parked car. A Reuters reporter at the scene said there was little collateral damage to buildings in the immediate area.
Prime Minister Stanislav Gross toured the blast area and said that "for citizens it is important to realize that this was a criminal act related to the underworld". Czech police have been on high alert for many months, fearing the country may be a target for a terrorist attack.