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Mystery shrouds Palestinian ambassador's death in Prague

Published on Jan 2, 2014 9:01 PM
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Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic Jamal al-Jamal sitting at a desk in an undisclosed location. Czech and Palestinian investigators were probing on Thursday, Jan 2, 2014, the mysterious death of the Palestinian envoy to Prague, who was killed by an exploding safe. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP/FAMILY HANDOUT

PRAGUE (AFP) - Czech and Palestinian investigators were probing the mysterious death of the Palestinian envoy to Prague, who was killed by an exploding safe on Thursday.

Czech police have said they believe the blast was caused by the accidental detonation of an anti-theft device on the safe at the envoy's residence rather than an attack.

"A Mystery," read the front-page headline of MF DNES, the top-selling Czech broadsheet daily.

Mr Jamal al-Jamal, 56, who had been in the post of ambassador only since October, suffered fatal injuries to his head, chest and stomach in the explosion.

 
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