The news spread quickly on Saturday (3 March) that the Black September guerrillas in Khartoum had killed United States ambassador Cleo Noel.
The news spread quickly on Saturday (3 March) that the Black September guerrillas in Khartoum had killed United States ambassador Cleo Noel. United States Charge D'Affaires Curtis Moore and Belgian Charge D'Affaires Guy Eid.
The three diplomats were killed at about nine p.m. Beirut time when newsmen in the area heard a burst of shots from the Saudi Arabian Embassy, where the envoys had been held hostage with two other diplomats since Thursday night (1 March).
As soon as word of the killings reached United States President Richard Nixon, he expressed deep grief and said the perpetrators must be brought to justice.
There has been no official reaction from Egypt and other Middle East states, but newsmen in Beirut monitoring the reports said they feared there would be violent anti-Arab reaction throughout the world.
SYNOPSIS: Early on Saturday morning, the first news broke in Beirut about the execution of the United States Ambassador in Khartoum Mr. Cleo Noel, his Charge d'Affaires and Belgian Charge d'Affaires.
Since then the killings have made headlines around the world, and reaction has been horror and shock. Newspapers in Beirut have called for immediate revenge, while overseas reports have said there must be justice.
Beirut itself is still reeling with the news of the killings. At the Reuter newsagency in the city, reactions were being monitored from Washington DC, where President Nixon has said that the perpetrators must be brought to justice.
The Sudanese Government also sent a message of sorrow and regret for what it called 'The horrifying and'. It said the message was inhuman, regardless of the motives.