Police say an explosion in Prague has killed the Palestinian ambassador in the Czech Republic.

Ambassador Jamal al-Jamal was in his apartment with his family at the time of the explosion on Wednesday, according to a Palestinian Embassy spokesman.

Al-Jamal was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital, where he died, according to police.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said the blast occurred when the 56-year-old diplomat was moving an old office safe box. Rescue service said al-Jamal was placed in a medically induced coma when he arrived at Prague Military Hospital.

A 52-year-old woman was taken to a different hospital in Prague after suffering from shock.

The ambassador’s apartment is in Suchdol neighbourhood.

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