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    The country's Interior Minister Jan Hamacek previously confirmed there were several victims in the incident. According to Hamacek, a regional police unit has been dispatched to the scene.

    The police have launched a search operation to find the perpetrator of a shooting that occurred at a hospital in the Czech city of Ostrava on Tuesday.

    The police earlier reported via Twitter that four people had been killed and two received serious injuries in the incident.

    The police initially posted a photo of a person in a red jacket that they called the suspect in the shooting, but later stated that this was an important witness to the incident, adding that they are currently searching for another person.

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    • 12:02

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    • 11:59

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      "The victims of the shooting were patients sitting in the waiting room. Luckily, there weren't many of them. While there are six victims at the moment, there could be more injured persons. I've cancelled all my working plans for today and am currently in touch with the heads of Interior Ministry and Health Ministry. I'm on my way to Ostrava. I see no reason at this point to convene a security council meeting", Prime Minister Andrej Babis said as quoted by local TV.

    • 11:31

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    • 11:26

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      "Four people were killed in Ostrava during the shooting. Two others were seriously injured and died during medical procedures", Health Minister Adam Vojtech said.

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