First Czech victim of terrorism, country to test its readiness in case of attack
The Czech Republic has its first victim of terrorism. Twenty-four year old Petr Koran worked for a travel agency in Sharm el-Sheikh. He was sitting in a café when the bombs went off. Another Czech sustained light injuries in the explosions.
Czech top officials condemned the terrorist attacks in Egypt which killed around 90 people. Foreign Minister Cyril Svoboda said the most important thing was not to let the terrorists impose an atmosphere of fear upon us.
Following the terrorist attacks in London on July 7th the Czech Republic reinforced police patrols at key sites including the Prague metro, railways, airports and strategic buildings. But the Czech authorities decided not to further increase the security measures after the other series of explosions in London and the most recent attack in Egypt.
Interior Minister Frantisek Bublan has summoned a meeting of the Central Crisis Committee to test its readiness. The committee includes representatives of the interior, defence and health ministries, as well as members of the Czech Republic's intelligence services.
According to a spokesman, the country's counter-intelligence service the BIS is currently exchanging intelligence with more than 50 partner services in almost 40 countries. The BIS says it is in contact also with some countries in North Africa and in the context of growing risk the service is considering establishing relations in several other countries.