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The mix-up feeds into Eastern European concerns that the two suspects, who are of Chechen ethnicity and accused of carrying out the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 200, could be confused for Czechs.

The Czech ambassador to the United States, Petr Gandalovič, issued a statement Friday amid attacks from U.S. social media users against Czech citizens following the first reports that the two suspects were Chechens. The ethnic group hails from a Muslim-majority region of Russia that is 1,500 miles from the Czech Republic.

“As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect,” Gandalovič said in a statement on the embassy website. “The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities — the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation.”