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Dozens of Greek tourists are safe and sound in the Czech capital, where earlier on Thursday, a man opened fire on a university, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens.

Testimonies of Greek tourists from Thessaloniki state that dozens of patrol cars are on the streets of Prague. There are even mobile operating rooms to provide first aid to the dozens injured in the attack.

In his statements to Proto Thema, the president of the Federation of Greek Associations of Travel and Tourism Agencies, Lysandros Tsilidis, pointed out that there is no phone for cancellation.

He added that Greek tourists' trips to Prague in the coming days are planned and continue as normal.

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A student killed his father before gunning down at least 15 others at a Prague university, Czech authorities said, adding the gunman had also been “eliminated”.

Dozens of others were reportedly injured, at least nine of them seriously, after the incident at Charles University’s Faculty of Arts.

The gunman has been named in local media as David Kozak, a student at the university. Authorities said the shooting was not linked to international terrorism.

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The suspect’s father was found dead in a village 13 miles from the Czech capital earlier on Thursday. It is thought he killed him before embarking on the university shooting spree, near Prague’s Old Town, a major tourist hotspot.

Videos published on social media appeared to show people fleeing the scene.

“Stay put, don’t go anywhere, if you’re in the offices, lock them and place furniture in front of the door, turn off the lights,” said an email sent to staff at the university, seen by Reuters.

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There are more than 800,000 firearms of all categories registered among 300,000 gun permit holders in the country, which has a population of about 10.5 million people, writes Ella Nunn.

It is one of the only nations in the world - and the only one in Europe - that provides the constitutional right to bear arms.

Concealed-carry permits for self-defence can be obtained by Czech citizens without presenting specific reasons and recreational shooting is one of the most popular sports in the country.

The shooting was not linked to international terrorism, the Czech government said.

“There is no indication that this crime has any link to international terrorism”, Interior Minister Vit Rakusan told reporters.

Petr Nedoma, director of the Rudolfinum Gallery at a concert hall across Palach Square, told Czech TV he saw the shooter.

“I saw a young person on the gallery who had some weapon in his hand, like and automatic weapon, and shooting toward the Manes Bridge. Repeatedly, with some interruptions, then I saw as he shot, put hands up and threw the weapon down on the street, it lay there on the pedestrian crossing,” he said.

British couple speak of being locked down by police

A newlywed British couple have told the Press Association of the moment a police officer ordered them to stay down during a mass shooting in central Prague.

Tom Leese, 34, a video producer and his wife Rachael, 31, an account director, who are on their honeymoon in the country, were having a drink in the Slivovitz Museum, close to where the shooting occurred.

Mr Leese said: “A policeman came in and started shouting loudly in what I assume was Czech. I asked for it in English and he said there was an active shooter and to stay inside and stay down.”

He added: “The staff were very calm, turned all the lights off very quickly and urged us to stay calm, the restaurant was relatively quiet. The policeman left urgently and we stood in the corner of the restaurant.”

The couple, from Merstham in Surrey, were kept in the the museum for over an hour, hearing sirens outside.

Mr Leese said: “Rachael is still in shock. With everyone else being so calm it didn’t seem real to me.”

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