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Palestinian ambassador killed by exploding safe at his residence in Prague

The Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died Wednesday of injuries sustained from an explosion triggered by his inexpert manipulation of an old safe recently moved to his residence.
Posted By JC Finley   |   Jan. 2, 2014 at 10:59 AM   |   Comments

Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Palestinian Ambassador Jamal al-Jamal died Wednesday of injuries sustained when a safe at his residence in Prague, Czech Republic exploded in what appears to have been an accident.

Czech police believe the explosion that killed the 56-year-old al-Jamal was triggered by a safety mechanism when the ambassador attempted to open an old safe recently moved from the old diplomatic mission to his residence.

Police President Martin Červíček asserted that the blast was not an act of terrorism. Prague Police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova told CNN "There is not a single piece of evidence that would suggest this was a terrorist attack."

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that it would send a high-level delegation to Prague "to communicate and to cooperate with the Czech (Republic) in the investigation to determine the cause of the explosion."

[Prague Post]
[CNN]

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