2977 people became victims of 19 suicide bombers in the United States in the largest terrorist act in history.
Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four passenger planes. Two of them, almost simultaneously, at 08:46 and 09:03 am, rammed the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York. A fire broke out in the towers, cutting off the escape route for people on the upper floors. Less than two hours later, both 110-story skyscrapers collapsed.
The third plane was sent to the Pentagon building at 09:37 in the morning. The crew members and passengers of the fourth liner tried to thwart the plans of the terrorists, and the plane crashed at 10:03 in a field in Pennsylvania. The worst events took place within 102 minutes.
As reported Air force, among the victims of the terrorist attack:
there were only 246 passengers and crew on board the four aircraft. All died; in the Twin Towers 2606 people died on the spot or died of wounds; 125 people died in the Pentagon building.
The smallest of the victims was 2-year-old Christine Lee Hanson, who was on one of the planes with her parents, Peter and Sue. The oldest was 82-year-old Robert Norton – he and his wife Jacqueline were passengers of one of the liners.
In the towers of the World Trade Center at the time of the ram there were about 17,400 people. In the North Tower, no one on the floors above the impact site survived. In the South Tower, 18 people in a similar situation (from floors above the impact site) were able to escape. Among the victims of the terrorist attack are citizens of 77 countries. 441 emergency workers died while rescuing the victims. Thousands of people were injured or significantly suffered from the consequences of the terrorist attack.
The action was planned by the leaders of the Al-Qaeda network of Islamic extremists in Afghanistan. At that time, Afghanistan was under the control of the Taliban. In response to the large-scale terrorist attack, the United States and its allies launched Operation Enduring Freedom on October 7, 2001, which aimed to overthrow the Taliban regime and defeat terrorist organizations, primarily Al-Qaeda, which carried out the September 11 attack.
After 20 years, on August 31, 2021, output ended American combat units from Afghanistan. The US Department of Defense said that during the years of the war in Afghanistan, 2,325 American soldiers were killed.
Today, September 11, US President Joe Biden will visit 3 memorial sites. First, the place in New York where an American Airlines plane crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, and then, 17 minutes later, a United Airlines plane crashed into the south tower. After that, Biden will visit the Pentagon, where the third plane crashed into the Ministry of Defense building – half an hour after the New York attacks. Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will also visit the field memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the fourth hijacked plane crashed.
As reported Newsciting NBC News, 1.8 thousand Americans who were injured in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack spoke out against the participation of US President Joe Biden in commemorative events until he declassified government documents on the circumstances of the tragedy.