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Prague police: Killed Palestine envoy held explosive in hand
Published Monday 31/03/2014 (updated) 01/04/2014 11:33
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An undated photo of Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic
Jamal al-Jamal standing with his wife in an undisclosed location
(Family handout/AFP)
PRAGUE (AFP) -- The Palestinian ambassador to Prague who died in a blast at his residence on New Year's Day was holding the explosive in his hand when it went off, a police spokeswoman said Monday.

"An experimental blast carried out by experts confirms this theory," Andrea Zoulova said, denying earlier reports that the blast was caused by a booby-trapped safe.

Jamal al-Jamal, 56, died in hospital on Jan. 1, only three months after taking up his post, following an explosion that occurred soon after he opened a safe.

"The explosive was not placed on the door or inside the safe and was not there to protect the safe," Zoulova said, adding that the investigation was ongoing.

After the incident, Czech police found 12 firearms at the Palestinian embassy in Prague, including submachine guns and sidearms that were not officially registered in the Czech Republic.

Local media said the weapons were produced in the former Czechoslovakia and supplied to the PLO before communism fell in Czechoslovakia in 1989.

Palestinian diplomats later apologized for hiding the illegal weapons at the embassy.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
31/03/2014 17:50
Several Maan commenters have yet to retract their false accusations over this story.

2 ) Tibi / Tubas
31/03/2014 18:08
PLO "envoys" have something in common with Hamas militants, where
both use bombs at work, and sometimes are killed by their own bombs.

3 ) Benny / DE
31/03/2014 20:38
Believed to be a letter bomb sent by Palestinians loving neighbors ! guess by whom ;

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
01/04/2014 09:49
Maan readers - go back and look at the comments from the original stories when this happened. It gives you a good idea of the mindset (or lack thereof) of some of the commenters who obviously jumped to the wrong conclusion.

5 ) Suzanne / Germany
02/04/2014 00:44
Odds are good that every Palestinian "embassy" on the planet is being used as a weapons cache.

6 ) John / UK
03/04/2014 00:00
The PA/PLO are terrorists. Why wouldn't they have explosives and guns in their 'embassy'.
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