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Palestinian envoy killed in apartment blast in Prague

PRAGUE -- The Palestinian ambassador to Prague, Jamal al-Jamal, was killed by a blast in his residence on Wednesday, the police said.

“With regret we confirm this information provided by the emergency service,” Prague police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova told AFP.

Jamal took office last October. He has only recently moved to the new residence on the northern outskirts of Prague.

The Palestinian foreign ministry said the blast occurred on Wednesday morning as al-Jamal “was opening an old safe which had been brought from the previous embassy (building) to the new one.”

“Minutes after opening the safe the explosion took place, causing serious injury to Ambassador Jamal who was taken to hospital and operated on,” the ministry said in a statement.

Quoting sources close to the police investigation, the Novinky.cz news site said the blast was probably caused by “careless manipulation with a dangerous explosive.”

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