Czech youth held over 'planned attack on school'

25th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

He had reportedly been inspired by the recent shootings at a school in southwest Germany in which 15 people died.

Prague -- Czech police said Tuesday they were holding a teenage student on suspicion that he was planning an attack on the high school he was attending.

"The suspect has been detained," a policeman in the central city of Novy Bydzov said, refusing to give any further details beyond the fact that he was aged under 18.

A local newspaper reported Tuesday that the youth was aged 17 and had made worrying remarks before being arrested last week.

"He is supposed to have said that he would like to wipe out his entire class with bullets before killing himself," the mother of one his classmates told the paper.

It said he had been inspired by the recent shootings at a school in southwest Germany in which 15 people died.

"According to people close to him the suspect was behaving rather strangely in recent days and was taking a very lively interest in recent massacres carried out at foreign schools," the newspaper wrote.

If found guilty the youth faces up to five years in jail, according to the local anti-organised crime unit.

AFP/Expatica

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