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Jamal al-Jamal Photo: AP
Jamal al-Jamal Photo: AP
Palestinian embassy in Prague Photo: EPA
Palestinian embassy in Prague Photo: EPA

Prague police find explosive at Palestinian embassy

Days after Palestinians apologize for 'illegal presence of weapons' in Prague mission, Czech police find additional explosive on premises

Published: 01.16.14, 19:54 / Israel News

Czech police said Thursday they had discovered an explosive device at the Palestinian embassy in Prague where a possibly booby-trapped safe killed the ambassador on New Year's Day.



Prague police spokesperson Tomas Hulan told AFP the device was found during a sweep of the embassy and had been sent to a forensic lab for analysis.


He refused to provide further details or to confirm or deny media reports that the explosive was found inside a book.


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Ambassador Jamal al-Jamal, 56, died January 1 in a blast that went off shortly after he opened a safe. Police have ruled out foul play.


But the late diplomat's daughter Rana al-Jamal has said she believes her father was murdered.


After the blast, police found 12 firearms at the embassy, including submachine guns and side-arms that were not officially registered in the Czech Republic. Palestinian officials told Czech police that communist authorities gave the arms to Palestinian diplomats in Prague as a gift, according to Hulan.


On Tuesday, Palestinian diplomats issued an official apology for the "illegal presence of weapons" at the embassy and for "the incident that resulted in the tragic death of" Jamal, according to a Czech foreign ministry statement.


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