Police officer stabbed to death at Prague underground
On Friday evening an officer working for the transport police at Prague's metro, paid with his life, after trying to protect passengers against a man who was throwing fire crackers to the rails and threatening people with knife. This unprecedented incident has sent shock-waves through the Czech Republic. Alena Skodova reports:
The man has confessed to the attack, but refused to disclose both his identity and his motive. According to the deputy director of Prague Police, Miroslav Platil, the man, who spoke Russian, had been living in the Czech Republic for six or seven years, and unconfirmed sources say that he had applied for asylum back in the early 1990s. If this is the case, questions will now be asked as to what he was doing in the Czech Republic, and how effectively Czech Foreign Police is working. Although this was an isolated incident, it was shocking in that it occurred at such a busy spot in the city centre in broad daylight. Prague transport police, who oversee the metro network, will now be taking a close look to see if such tragedies could in future be avoided.