LIVE VIDEO: Live Newscast RIGHT NOW    Watch
 

12 weapons found in Palestinian embassy in Prague

2:51 PM, Jan 5, 2014   |    comments
Firemen lay on the ground near the residence of Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic, Jamel al-Jamal, in Prague on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The ambassador died in an explosion that occurred when he opened an office safe that officials say had been left untouched for more than 20 years. A Palestinian official says foul play is not suspected in today's death of the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic.
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +
  • FILED UNDER

 


 


PRAGUE (AP) -- A total of 12 illegal weapons were found at the Palestinian embassy complex where a possible booby-trapped safe killed the ambassador, police said Sunday.

The deputy Palestinian foreign minister, however, denied the weapons were illegal.

Police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova declined to give more details, citing the investigation.

Ambassador Jamal al-Jamal, 56, died Wednesday after an embassy safe exploded. The career diplomat had only started his posting in October.

Deputy Palestinian Foreign Minister Taysir Jaradat said Sunday he met with his Czech counterpart and was asked about the weapons.

"We told them that these guns have been in the embassy for a long time - going back to the former regime of Czechoslovakia - and these guns were either licensed in the embassy or were given as gifts to the ambassador," he told Voice of Palestine radio station Sunday.

"They are not in use."

During the Cold War, the Palestine Liberation Organization had strong ties with the Soviet Union and eastern bloc countries, including Czechoslovakia, Romania and east Germany.

The PLO maintained diplomatic missions across the eastern bloc, sent fighters for training courses in eastern Europe and also sent many students to local universities.

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has a Ph.D. from a Soviet University.

It remains unclear caused the safe to explode, but the ambassador's death is being investigated as a case of negligence.

Residents in the Suchdol district, where the new embassy complex is based, have lodged security concerns over the incident.

Check out some of our most read stories from 2013:

#shortyellows: Florida quietly shortened yellow lights

Terrorism Warning: Memo says terrorists practicing dry-runs on Florida flights

Kittens shot: Officer shoots kittens in front of children

Courtroom apology: Woman apologizes for flipping off judge

Weird ice: Strange, giant circles appear on frozen pond

Controversial Club: College student organizes "White Student Union"

CFO Trouble: School administrative chief in trouble over her porn sex blog

Warning Shot Wife: Mother gets 20 years for firing warning shots at abusive husband

Science Arrest: Teen girl arrested over science project explosion

Wait, WHAT?? Dog shoots man in the leg with a handgun

Popular photo galleries:

Faces of Meth: Devastating before and after photos of meth abusers

Trayvon Martin Shooting: Trayvon Martin crime scene photos and George Zimmerman injury photos 

Hooters Winners: Winners of the 2013 Hooters swimsuit pageant

Rejected: Funny Florida license plates rejected by the DMV***warning graphic***

Deadly sinkhole: Home collapses, man dies in giant sinkhole

Popular Databases:

Florida Sex Offenders: Look up sex offenders in any Florida neighborhood here

Restaurant Inspections: Look up inspection reports for any Florida restaurant here


Most Watched Videos