Slovakia shooting reclassified as terrorism with killer crediting Buffalo shooter as inspiration

A shooting in Slovakia, in which two people were killed outside of an LGBTQ+ venue, has reportedly been reclassified as an act of terrorism.

The attack on 12 October in Bratislava saw two men fatally shot and a woman wounded in front of Tepláreň, a popular LGBTQ+ bar in Slovakia’s capital city.

Police identified those killed as Matus H, a 23-year-old university student, and Juraj V, 26.

Shortly after the attack, prosecutors claimed that the deadly shooting by a “radicalised teen” could be an act of terrorism, with the police claiming they were working to determine whether the suspect, Juraj K, 19, was driven by hateful motives.

Slovakian media reported on evidence pointing towards the attack as an act of terrorism included the suspected gunman’s “manifesto” which held hateful opinions towards the LGBTQ+ and Jewish communities.

On Monday (17 October), the investigator reportedly reclassified the incident as terrorism, according to the Slovak Spectator.

The newspaper reported, however, that even if the investigation confirms the reclassification the case will not go to court, as the suspect took his own life on the night of the attack.


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