Incident Summary:

08/07/2001: An Israeli businessman, Yitzhak Snir, was shot and killed in Amman, Jordan in an attack claimed by the Nobles of Jordan.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Israeli commercial enterprises in Jordan
Specific Description Yitzhak Snir
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The Nobles of Jordan claimed that Yitzhak Snir was a Mossad agent working under the cover of a businessman. Two groups were cited as having claimed responsibility for the attack, but only one, the Nobles of Jordan, was listed by name in the source documents. There was also speculation that the assassination was criminal or business related.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Nobles of Jordan Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Alan Philps, “Israeli diamond dealer is shot dead in Jordan,” The Daily Telegraph (London), August 8, 2001.
Ralph Atkins, “Anxiety grows as Israeli is murdered in Jordan,” Financial Times (London, England), August 8, 2001.
Mark Lavie, “Two shot dead and two injured as Palestinians appeal for observers,” The Independent (London), August 8, 2001.