A suicide bombing killed three Czech soldiers on patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the Czech Defence Ministry reported.
Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack by a lone bomber which happened in the early hours of Sunday in the city of Charikar some 60 kilometres north of Kabul.
Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar said a staff sergeant and two corporals had died in the explosion. He said their deaths had touched him deeply and expressed condolences to their families.
Thirteen Czech soldiers have been killed on duty in Afghanistan serving in NATO's Resolute Support mission.There are presently some 250 Czech troops serving in the country.
President Miloš Zeman, the head of the Czech Armed Forces, expressed deep sorrow over the news of the deaths of three Czech soldiers in Afghanistan, adding that the tragedy must not deter the international forces from the fight against terrorism.
Condolences and words of acknowledgement are streaming in from Czech politicians across the board.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Twitter the three soldiers were national heroes and expressed deep respect for the fact that they had laid down their lives for the country.
Jana Černochová from the Civic Democrats said she was deeply moved and proud off all the Czech soldiers who were risking their lives to defend our freedom far from home.
A march in support of the “traditional family” model took place in Prague on Saturday, organized in protest against the Prague Pride festival of the LGBT community due to be held next week.
Its participants, among them politician and church dignitaries, protested against the idea of the state recognizing a family other than the traditional man and woman model.
Prague Pride is also focused on the role of the family this year, drumming up support for a bill which would give gays and lesbians the right to enter into a marriage which would put them on an equal footing with heterosexual couple, including the right to adopt children.
The bill is to be debated in the lower house in the autumn.
An exhibition of photographs by prominent photographer Robert Vano showing gay and lesbian couple who want to enter into a regular marriage is now on show at Prague’s Main Railway Station. The exhibition titled “One Love, One Marriage” also brings the story of each couple.
The exhibition is expected to travel all around the country between now and November. It is part of a broader effort to drum up support for a bill which would give gays and lesbians the right to enter into a regular marriage.
Czech Jakub Kornfeil, starting from pole position, came third in Sunday’s Moto3 Grand Prix at Brno.
The home hero, who wowed the crowds by making it first across the finishing line on Saturday, fought hard in the dramatic race until the very last lap, but was overtaken by Italy’s Fabio Di Giannantonio who bagged a triumphant victory and Aron Canet from Spain who came second.
The Czech beach volleyball duo Hermannová /Slukova won the Vienna Major women’s final on Saturday in what is the biggest success of their career.
After a poor first set they turned the game around to beat the Spanish duo Barbara/Fernanda 10:21, 21:16 a 15:12.
Their victory has placed them top of the European ladder.
Monday should bring clear skies and day temperatures between 28 and 32 degrees Celsius.
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