Top Story Palestinian ambassador seriously injured in blast dies

01-01-2014 14:03 | Daniela Lazarová

The Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic, Jamal al Jamal, who was gravely injured in an explosion in his Prague residence on Wednesday, has died. The ambassador succumbed to his injuries several hours after being taken to Prague’s military hospital in an induced coma.

The explosion shook the ambassador's two-storey residence shortly before noon on Wednesday.According to unconfirmed reports the ambassador was opening a safe when the explosion happened. His whole family was in the ambassadorial residence at the time, but no one else was hurt in the blast.

Police and explosives experts have been searching the two-storey residence and part of the neighbourhood remains closed to traffic. According to police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova the detonation was caused by a so-far unidentified explosive mixture.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has said it will send a delegation to Prague to help with the investigation.

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