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Palestinian ambassador to Czech Republic dies after blast: police

English.news.cn   2014-01-02 00:27:31            

PRAGUE, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic Jamal Al Jamal, who was injured in an explosion in his residence in Prague-Suchdol on Wednesday, has died in hospital, announced police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova.

Bomb-disposal experts are searching a neighboring house that is also owned by the Palestinian embassy.

The 56-year-old ambassador officially assumed the post on October 11, 2013, when he handed his credentials to Czech President Milos Zeman. Nabil El Fahel who is from the embassy's press department said that the ambassador's whole family was in the flat at the time of the explosion.

The new building that was to be the Palestinian embassy's new seat is being searched by bomb-disposal experts with a specially trained dog, said local media. Even investigators have not been allowed in the building.

"It is early to speak about the causes or details of the detonation," said Zoulova. "We have several versions, but none of them can as yet been ruled out."

The blast could have been caused by an explosive system, a 52-year-old woman was treated on the spot and then taken to the Prague-Motol Hospital on suspicion she inhaled by-product gases and over a stress reaction.

According to as yet unconfirmed information by Czech media, the explosion occurred when a safe placed in the house was opened.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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