Incident Summary:

01/24/2006: A Fatah campaigner, Ahmed Hassuneh, was shot and killed in the West Bank city of Nablus on the eve of the Palestinian election by Fatah gunmen from a rival internal faction. At the time of the shooting, Hassuneh had been attempting to get the perpetrators to stop shooting at campaign posters on his house. There were no reported claims of responsibility for the attack. Approximately 1,000 people marched to the main police station in Nablus in protest.



West Bank and Gaza Strip

Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

West Bank


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Violent Political Party
Name of Entity Fatah
Specific Description Campaigner: Ahmed Hassuneh
Nationality of Target West Bank and Gaza Strip
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Fatah No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
“Fatah Campaign Staffer Shot Dead on Eve of Vote,” AFP, January 24, 2006.
Ali Daraghmeh, “Fatah Gunmen Kill Leader Ahead of Vote,” Associated Press Online, January 25, 2006.
Michael Matza, “Today’s Vote has Gaza Bracing for Trouble; Some Fear Fatah, Hamas Could continue Electoral Struggle by Armed Means,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 25, 2006.