A firefighter works at the site of an explosion in Prague yesterday.
PRAGUE: The Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died yesterday after a blast at his Prague residence that police said was an accident.
The blast was likely caused by an anti-theft system on the door of a safe that Jamal Al Jamal was opening at the time, Prague police said.
The 56-year-old suffered “very serious injuries” in the blast and was taken to Prague’s military hospital in an artificial coma, said Jirina Ernestova, spokeswoman for the emergency services.
Police later confirmed that he had died.
“The evidence the police has doesn’t suggest anything like a terror attack or that a specific person would set up a system with the intention to hurt or kill anyone,” police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova told AFP.
Daniel Langer, surgeon at the Prague military hospital to which Jamal was taken, told Czech television the ambassador had suffered devastating “head, belly and chest injuries following an explosion.” Jamal, who took office in October, had only recently moved to the new residence on the northern outskirts of Prague.
Palestinian foreign minister Riyad Al Malki hailed him as “an exemplary diplomat. AFP