No foul play suspected in explosion that killed Palestinian ambassador

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Associated Press

Posted on January 1, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 1 at 4:04 PM

PRAGUE (AP) — A Palestinian official says foul play is not suspected in today's death of the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic.

The ambassador (Jamel al-Jamal) died in an explosion that occurred when he opened an office safe that officials say had been left untouched for more than 20 years.

An embassy spokesman says the ambassador was at home with his family at the time of the explosion. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died.

The safe was recently moved from an old embassy building -- a building that was home to the Palestine Liberation Organization offices in the 1980s. Before the fall of the Soviet Union, the PLO had close ties with the Eastern bloc countries.

According to the embassy spokesman, the ambassador had opened the safe to find out what was inside it. He had removed some of the contents before the explosion took place.

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APPHOTO LON816: FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2013 file photo Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic Jamal Al Jamal is pictured in Prague, Czech Republic. Jamal Al Jamal, who was injured in an explosion in his residence in Prague-Suchdol, has died in a hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/CTK, Krumphanzl Michal, File) SLOVAKIA OUT (1 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO CTK811: A disabled man is evacuated near the residence of Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic Jamal Al Jamal, who has died after an explosion in his diplomatic flat in Prague-Suchdol on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. He died in a blast that occurred when he opened an office safe that had been sealed for at least 30 years, officials said. (AP Photo/CTK, Katerina Sulova) SLOVAKIA OUT (1 Jan 2014)

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