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        1/2/2014, Shevat 1, 5774

      PA Ambassador to Prague Killed in Blast

      Khaleej Times reports the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died on Wednesday in an explosion that occurred when he opened an old safe that had been left untouched for more than 20 years, officials said.

      Ambassador Jamal Al Jamal, 56, was at home with his family at the time of the explosion, according to Palestinian Embassy spokesman Nabil El Fahel. Al Jamal was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital where he died, says Khaleej Times.

      Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said no foul play was suspected, noting that the safe had been left untouched for more than 20 years.

      It also appeared that the door of the safe had been booby-trapped. It was unclear how Al Jamal tried to open it or what type of safe it was. It was not immediately clear how Malki knew the safe had been untouched for more than 20 years or why and when the safe would have been booby-trapped, adds Khaleej Times.