All the Czech dailies dedicate most of their front page space to Thursday's terrorist attacks in the Spanish capital Madrid in which almost 200 people died and around 1,400 were injured. All papers carry photos of the scenes of devastation as well as pictures of rescue workers and medical personnel helping the victims.
In an opinion piece on the front page of Lidove Noviny, columnist Petr Zavadil likens Thursday's attacks in Madrid to the events of September 11 in New York. "Spain has learnt that terrorists are becoming more and more treacherous, shameless and dangerous. It is no longer only politicians who can fall victim to a terrorist attack. These days, everybody is a potential target," Petr Zavadil writes in Lidove Noviny.
Mlada Fronta Dnes carries an interview with the Czech ambassador to Madrid, Martin Povejsil. According the embassy's data, there are 200 Czechs living in the Spanish capital but so far there are no reports of Czech casualties. Mr Povejsil explains for Pravo that the building of the Czech embassy was not affected in any way as it lies six kilometres away from the nearest blast. The ambassador also tells the paper that, in his opinion, it is the Basque separatist organisation ETA who is behind the attacks.
Onto other stories, and Pravo reports that a 17-year old student of a secondary military school died on Wednesday while he was shouting abuse at Roma children who were travelling on a train. The youth, who was apparently drunk, was trying to climb onto the train through the window from the platform but as the train started to pick up speed, he fell down on the tracks. His 18-year old friend who witnessed the accident suffered a nervous breakdown and police have been unable to question him.
The business daily Hospodarske Noviny gets back to yesterday's report by the European Parliament criticising the Czech Republic over alleged child prostitution at the Czech-German border. The paper writes that the report is based on data provided by the German NGO Karo. The organisation published a comprehensive study last autumn in which it described child prostitution as an everyday reality in the Czech Republic. MEP Juergen Schroeder confirmed on Thursday that this information had not been verified.
"There is no direct evidence but we are very concerned by the indications and allegations", Hospodarske Noviny quotes MEP Juergen Schroeder as saying. The paper says that both Czech police and local activists have denied allegations of widespread child prostitution before and even sent experts to the region to investigate. None of them has found any indication of booming child prostitution in the border region, Hospodarske Noviny reports.