Report: Palestinian envoy in Prague likely killed by booby-trapped book (!)

Palestinian national security guards carry the flag-covered body of Palestinian ambassador to Prague, Jamal al-Jamal, during his funeral in the West Bank city of Ramallah Jan. 8, 2014

The Palestinian ambassador to Prague who died in a blast in January was most likely killed by a decades-old charge of Semtex plastic explosive concealed in a book, a newspaper reported on Tuesday citing a police investigator.

Police had decided Jamal al-Jamal was not assassinated, but had simply unwittingly opened a book booby-trapped years earlier, the source told daily newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes.

“It was an unfortunate accident. The ambassador was a thorough man who wanted to put some old things in order, and among them there were two books with explosives,” the paper quoted the source as saying.

It did not explain why such a book might have been left at the embassy in Prague…