Leading figures express regret, shock, missions will not be affected says PM

In immediate reaction to the deaths, Czech President Miloš Zeman expressed his deep regret for their deaths to the families and his profound recognition for what he described as their part in the struggle against international terrorism. Prime Minister Bohulsav Sobotka said the deaths was shocking and tragic. He added though that they would not influence the continuation of Czech army missions abroad. Defence Minister Martin Stropnický has cut short a holiday to return to Prague and ordered flags at the ministry to fly at half mast.