Three dead in shooting at Czech aircraft factory: police

A shooting incident at a Czech aircraft factory left three men dead Thursday, including the lone gunman, whose motives remained unclear in the immediate aftermath, police said. Local media said the gunman opened fire at the Aircraft Industries' company headquarters at Kuonovice in the southeast of the country, and they suggested an injured woman might be the chief executive, Ilona Plskova. They also said the dead gunman could be the brother of a former Aircraft Industries board member and arms dealer, Pavel Musela. "I've learnt there are three dead and one of the dead men is the gunman," regional police spokeswoman Jana Bartikova told AFP, adding the gunman had committed suicide. Regional emergency services spokesman Petr Olsan told public broadcaster Czech Television that the woman had been treated and taken to hospital with a light injury. "I have no information about further injuries," he added. Police had intially mentioned six injured people. The shooting took place in a company building before noon (1100 GMT), local police spokesman Ales Mergental told AFP. "I won't identify anyone as far as the dead and injured people are concerned. I'd be glad if their families learned about it from sources other than media," police spokeswoman Bartikova said. "The special police unit won't be needed any longer, but our work is only beginning as we are now looking for his motives," she added. Aircraft Industries, majority-owned by Russia's Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company, produces the L-410 turboprop transport plane in Kunovice, about 260 kilometres (160 miles) southeast of Prague. The company with more than 650 employees raised profits to 173.6 million koruna (6.8 million euros, $9.3 million) in 2010, up from 125.6 million koruna in 2009, while its revenue rose by half to 1.17 billion koruna. Aircraft Industries, former Letecke zavody Kunovice (LET), was declared "Company of the Year" in the region this year. by Mohammad Davari (c) 2011 AFP

Source: AFP
Date: Nov 10, 2011

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