Palestinian Ambassador in Prague Killed in Blast

Jamel al-Jamal killed while moving safe in his apartment
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 1, 2014 9:33 AM CST
Palestinian Ambassador in Prague Killed in Blast
Policemen observe the situation near the residence, right back, of Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic Jamal Al Jamal.   (AP Photo/CTK, Katerina Sulova)

Police say an explosion in Prague has killed the Palestinian ambassador in the Czech Republic. Ambassador Jamal al-Jamal was in his apartment with his family at the time of the explosion today, according to Palestinian Embassy spokesman Nabil El-Fahel. Al-Jamal was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital, where he died, according to police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said the blast occurred when the 56-year-old diplomat was moving an old office safe box. It was not immediately clear how the explosives got there, and the ministry said the blast was being investigated. Prague rescue service spokeswoman Jirina Ernestova said a 52-year old woman was taken to a different hospital in Prague after suffering from shock. The ambassador's apartment is in Prague's Suchdol neighborhood. (More Prague stories.)

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