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Slovakia: Two dead after shooting outside LGBT bar

by Mahmmod Shar


Two people have died after a shooting outside an LGBT venue in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava.

According to police, the alleged shooter was discovered dead on Thursday morning.

His motivation has not been made public. But according to local media, he had posted on social media that he had opinions against Jews and LGBT people.

The young man’s parentage as the son of a former candidate for a far-right political party was also revealed in Slovak media.

The attack was denounced on Thursday by Prime Minister Eduard Heger, who also criticized all forms of extremism. President Zuzana Caputova meanwhile urged the nation’s politicians to refrain from inciting hatred.

The apparent hate crime sparked renewed calls for an end to homophobia in Slovakia, a relatively conservative EU country where same-sex marriage is not permitted.

The shooting, which shortly after 19:00 local time (18:00 BST) on Wednesday, sparked a police manhunt.

Officers reassured the public on Thursday morning that there was no risk of a follow-up shootings from the same perpetrator, having discovered the body of their main suspect.

Slovakia’s LGBT organisations expressed their shock at the rare gun attack.

“The pain is unbearable,” read a short social media post from the venue itself.

The third victim is believed to be an employee of the bar, who is recovering in hospital.

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