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Explosion at Prague Apartment Kills Palestinian Ambassador
An explosion at an apartment complex in Prague killed a Palestinian ambassador, according to a report from Reuters. According to Czech police officers, the explosion appears to be an accident. Police said explosives detonated when the ambassador opened a safe.
“There is nothing suggesting that a terrorist act was committed,” spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova said.
The ambassador, Jamal al-Jamal passed away from his injuries in a hospital. Zoulova noted that one possible explanation for the explosion was that a security device installed on the safe malfunctioned and exploded.
Jamal was named to the post back in October. A Foreign Ministry statement said that Jamal, 56, attempted to open a safe that was moved from the old offices of the embassy. Reports were still coming into the Palestinian news agency WAFA on Wednesday morning.
Zoulova said: “The possibilities include inexpert handling of an explosive device or its spontaneous detonation … The device was in a safe and was triggered after the door of the safe was opened. The police are not ruling out that the device was a part of the safe.”
There were no other injuries reported from the incident and Jamal’s family was in the two-story apartment at the time of the explosion. There also was no visible damage to the outside of the building after the explosion.Explosion at Prague Apartment Kills Palestinian Ambassador by Jim Vassallo