Police release findings in embassy blast

Jamal al Jamal, file photo.
+/- FONT:

Safe mechanism not behind blast at Palestine's embassy in Prague

Prague, March 31 (ČTK) — The blast at the Palestinian embassy in Prague, which killed Palestinian ambassador Jamal al Jamal on Jan. 1, was not caused by the safe's improvised explosive device, it ensues from the investigation that Prague police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulová released on their website today.

Expert opinions clearly show that no special security mechanism of the safe was behind the blast, she added.

“This conclusion was also drawn from a test carried out within the investigation. It has proved that the explosion did not occur inside the safe,” she said.

At the beginning of the inquiry, police ruled out a terrorist act or other foul play.

Now detectives have rejected another version of the incident.

However, genetic, chemical and bomb-disposal expert opinions have not been completed yet.

The investigators will have further results in a few weeks, Zoulová said.

Jamal succumbed to the injuries he suffered in the explosion, allegedly while manipulating the embassy's safe, in his diplomatic flat in the Prague-Suchdol neighborhood where the safe was moved shortly before Jan. 1.

Czech police are investigating the incident as killing caused by negligence.

But shortly after the tragedy, Jamal's daughter Rana said she was convinced that her father had been murdered.

Moreover, Czech police look into a suspicion of illegal arms possession as they have found 12 unregistered firearms from the 1980s in the embassy building.

The weapons were gifts from representatives of the then communist Czechoslovakia, Palestinians said in a statement sent to the Prague police.

Detectives launched a ballistic examination of the firearms to rule out that a crime had been committed with them in the Czech Republic.


Log in  \/ 
Register  \/ 

The BIG Stories

Police make arrests, seize explosives in raids
07 Oct 2015 12:21 - Raymond Johnston

Simultaneous raids took place in three regions; over 100 kg of explosives recovered 

Norway puts Michalák child up for adoption
06 Oct 2015 11:38 - Czech News Agency

Another setback in the case of a Czech mother trying to get her sons returned 

Zeman proposes small units to liquidate terrorist ...
30 Sep 2015 11:33 - Czech News Agency

Czech president gives his recommendations to the United Nations 

New figures for doctored VW and Škoda diesel cars
30 Sep 2015 10:42 - Czech News Agency

Ťok: Some 148,000 VW cars enabling emission cheating sold in ČR 

Illegal software concerns 1.2 million Škoda cars
28 Sep 2015 18:00 - Czech News Agency

Czech carmaker is a subsidiary of German concern Volkswagen 

Search for a word in the Macmillan Dictionaries Online simply by double-clicking on a word on the page.