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April 19, 2014 / 19 Nisan, 5774
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Old Plastic Explosives Killed PA Official in Prague Explosion

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The mysterious January 1 explosion that killed the new Palestinian Authority ambassador to the Czech Republic was an accident caused by plastic explosives, according to the daily Mlada frontá Dnes (MfD), relying on a “detective close to the investigation.”

Jamal al Jamal was killed after he had moved to the new Palestinian Authority’s office-residence in Prague. Police previously thought the blast occurred but recently discarded that theory.

It now appears that plastic explosives known as Semtex were hidden in a book that Jamal opened, setting off the explosion.

“It was an accident. The diplomat was an honest man who wanted to go through old stuff that included two books with explosives,” said detective, whose comments were translated and reported by the English-language Prague Post.

The plastics explosives were made in the country in  the 1970s.

The question remains why they were in the old Palestinian Authority offices for so many years and then moved to the new facility along with all of the other furnishings.

During the investigation, police found 12 unregistered firearms from the 1980s.

Palestinian Authority officials explained the guns were gifts from officials of what used to be communist Czechoslovakia.

And the plastic explosives also were gifts?

Czech Police Find Weapons at PA Home where Blast Killed Official

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Czech police found weapons at the Palestinian Authority mission in Prague where the PA ambassador was killed Wednesday after a safe he was handling exploded.

Police confirmed that “some weapons” were found but did not reveal any details on their type or number.

So far, the explosion has been written off as an accident that is not related to terror, and the assumption was that the safe was rigged to explode if someone tried to remove its contents, which may have been secret documents. However, that has changed dramatically with a statement by Palestinian Authority mission spokesman Nabil el-Fahel, quoted by the Ma’an PA news agency, that “the safe was pretty old, it was purchased in mid-1980s and according to our information there was no built-in anti-theft system.”

So maybe there really were explosives in the safe? But that doesn’t make sense because since when do PA officials handle explosives, especially when they are on a mission of peace with Israel?

The victim of the blast was new at his post, and the safe had been moved to the apartment from the former PLO offices in the Prague, but Palestinian Authority officials also fumbled their explanations on the background of the safe.  Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki said that the safe has not been in use for at least 20 years.

However, el-Fahel said the safe was in use on a “daily” basis” and that Malki may have been  referring to another safe, which is empty.

The plot thickens and answers, particularly about the weapons, probably will not be very clear.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/czech-police-find-weapons-at-pa-home-where-blast-killed-official/2014/01/02/

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