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25-year-old man arrested for threatening attack on Czech schools

Prague, Czech Republic – A 25-year-old Czech man was arrested in Prague last week after threatening to carry out an attack against unnamed schools in the Czech capital city.

According to local reports, Czech criminal police had identified and been dealing with the threat since last month, when threats to attack an unspecified school in Prague were posted on a fake profile on Facebook.

Czech authorities had immediately contacted and informed the direction of all the establishments in the Czech capital city, and reinforced security and police patrols around schools and had been tracking the man behind the anonymous threats on social media, in cooperation with Europol, the EU agency for law enforcement cooperation.

According to police spokesperson Vlasta Suchánková, talking to the Czech News Agency (CTK), the 25-year-old man, who had been living in the United Kingdom until then, was detained on Thursday at the Vaclav Havel International Airport in Prague right after landing in the Czech Republic.

The young Czech citizen, originally from the Central Bohemian region, and who reportedly “wanted to draw attention to himself”, is said to be cooperating with police investigators. He could face up to two years in prison if found guilty of the charges.

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