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Palestinian ambassador in Prague killed in blast

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 1, 2014 at 9:28 a.m.

PRAGUE — Police say an explosion in Prague has killed the Palestinian ambassador in the Czech Republic.

Ambassador Jamel al-Jamal was in his apartment with his family at the time of the explosion on Wednesday, 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 al-Jamal was placed in a medically induced coma when he arrived at Prague Military Hospital.

She 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.

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