Palestinian ambassador dies after explosion in Prague

The Palestinian Ambassador to the Czech Republic has died of injuries sustained in an explosion at his residence in the capital Prague. Ambassador Jamal Muhammad Jamal's family were also in the building but are not thought to be harmed.

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Palestinian ambassador killed 'by explosives in safe'

The Palestinian ambassador to Prague was killed in an explosion that was triggered when he opened the door to a safe, Czech police said.

"According to information from the investigation so far, this was definitely not a terrorist attack," national police president Martin Cervicek said on Czech Television.

Police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova said an explosive - which may have been part of a security mechanism - went off after the safe was opened. "With the greatest probability, an explosive device placed on the door of the safe was triggered," she said.

The Palestinian foreign ministry, in a statement reported by the official WAFA news agency, said the blast happened minutes after Jamal opened a safe that had come from the embassy's old offices.

Some safes can be fitted with small charges to destroy secret documents in the event of the lock being tampered with.


Palestinian ambassador's injuries are 'very serious'

The Czech Republic's public broadcaster has named the Palestinian Ambassador reportedly injured in an explosion in Prague as Jamal Muhammad Jamal.

Emergency services spokeswoman Jirina Ernestová is cited as saying that his injuries are "very serious" and that he is in a medically-induced coma in hospital.

Photographs from the scene showed a police cordon and a range of emergency service vehicles.


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