Members of the Palestinian guerrilla group known as Black September — the same group that had carried out the horrific Munich Olympics massacre a year earlier — stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy in Khartoum on March 2, 1973, during a diplomatic party to celebrate Noel’s appointment to Sudan three months earlier. The terrorists took ten diplomats hostage, including Noel and his Charge d’Affaires, George Curtis Moore, who was celebrating his farewell that same night. They demanded that Arab prisoners in Israel be released. After a 26-hour standoff, the Black September members shot and killed Noel, Moore and Belgian diplomat Guy Eid. Eight Palestinians later confessed to the murders.