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NYC marks 20th anniversary of World Trade bombing

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 26, 2013 at 8:52 a.m.


In this file photo of Feb. 26, 1993, helicopters jockey for position over the World Trade Center in New York following a noontime blast, which rocked the twin towers complex.

— A ceremony honoring six people who died 20 years ago in the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center was being held Tuesday at the 9/11 memorial, where the twin towers were destroyed eight years later.

More than 1,000 people were injured in the 1993 blast in an underground garage below one of the towers. It was the first dramatic demonstration that “terrorism is theater and New York is the biggest stage,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said last week.

Six Islamic extremists were convicted of carrying out the bombing, including mastermind Ramzi Yousef. The 2001 attack brought down the World Trade Center, where more than 2,700 people died.

The ceremony was being held at the memorial, and a moment of silence will be observed at 12:18 p.m., the time when a truck bomb was detonated below the north tower.


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