February 26th 1993: World Trade Center bombing

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FBI agents view the damage from the bomb

On this day in 1993 a truck bomb was detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The bomb was intended to knock the North Tower into the South Tower to destroy them both but failed. The attack still killed six (including a pregnant woman) and injured over one thousand.

 

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Time magazine – March 8th 1993

The terrorist attack was planned by a group of conspirators and masterminded by Ramzi Yousef. In 1994, four men were convicted of carrying out the bombing and two more in 1997. The group were funded by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who would go on to be the principal architect behind the destruction of the Twin Towers on September 11th 2001. The memorial to the victims of the 1993 attack was destroyed on 9/11 but they are currently commemorated at the North Pool of the National 9/11 Memorial, opened in 2011. Whilst their names are only six among the nearly three thousand victims of the 2001 attack, it is poignant that they are not forgotten. Their deaths remain a tragic precursor to the devastating effects of September 11th 2001.

 

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Names of the 1993 victims on the 9/11 memorial in New York City

 

An eye-witness to the events, Bruce Pomper, made thus chilling comment about the 1993 attack:

“It felt like an airplane hit the building”

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