Little Bits of History

Terrorist Attack

Posted in History by patriciahysell on November 12, 2011

World Trade Center bombing of 1993

November 12, 1997: Ramzi Yousef is found guilty of masterminding the World Trade Center bombing of 1993. On February 26, 1993 a 1,500 pound urea nitrate-fuel oil bomb exploded in the underground parking area of the World Trade Center in New York City. The plan of the terrorists was to have the bomb topple Tower One (where the bomb was hidden) in into Tower Two and have the entire complex come crashing to the ground. The bomb loaded into a Ryder truck exploded at 12: 17 PM killing six and injuring 1,042. A 100 foot hole was blasted through 4 sublevels of concrete. Luckily the buildings did not collapse and kill the expected 250,000 people.

Ramzi had many aliases. He was of Pakistani descent but born in Kuwait. He excelled in math and science and spoke several languages. He was the nephew of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a senior al-Qaeda member. He obtained an engineering degree in 1989 from Swansea,Wales.

Hours after the 1993 bombing failed to topple the twin towers, Yousef was headed back to Pakistan. He continued his terrorist attacks. In 1993, he was injured when interrupted while planting a bomb intended to kill the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto. In December 1994, Yousef planted a bomb on a plane and noticed that the bomb did not work to his satisfaction. While it did blow a hole in the plane, the pilot was able to safely land and save over 200 passengers. Yousef went on to create more bombs that would better serve his purpose.

On February 7, 1995 Pakistani Intelligence and Diplomatic Security Service special agents Bill Miller and Jeff Rines entered an al-Qaeda safe house in Islamabad,Pakistan and arrested Yousef. They were given a tip as to his location from a man he tried to recruit. Isfaique Parker was paid $2 million for information leading to the arrest. Yousef was extradited to the US where he was found guilty of the bombings. In 1997, Osama bin Laden denied knowing Yousef. Uncle Khalid was the mastermind behind the successful WTC destruction of 2001.

“I am a terrorist, and I am proud of it as long as it is against theU.S.government.” – Ramzi Yousef

“The best way to find these terrorists who hide in holes is to get people coming forth to describe the location of the hole, is to give clues and data.” – George W. Bush

“While we must remain determined to defeat terrorism, it isn’t only terrorism we are fighting. It’s the beliefs that motivate terrorists. A new ideology of hatred and intolerance has arisen to challenge America and liberal democracy.” – Senator John Kerry

“We will not let terrorists change our way of life; we will not live in fear; and we will not undermine the civil liberties that characterize our Democracy.” – Adam Schiff

Also on this day:
Thar She Blows – In 1970, a rotting beached whale was removed from an Oregon beach, sorta.
Daring Young Man – In 1859, the first trapeze performance took place.

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  1. Amna said, on April 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Good riddance!


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