February 26, 1993: 14th anniversary of World Trade Center bombing

26 February 2007: Today marks the 14th anniversary of the Islamic terrorist bombing at the World Trade Center that killed 6 people and injured another 1,042 people. The attack was planned and executed by Islamic terrorists that included Ramzi Yousef, Shaykh Omar Abdel-Rahman, El Sayyid Nosair, Mahmud Abu Halima, Muhammad Salameh, Nidal Ayyad, Ahmad Ajaj, and Abdul Rahman Yasin, and was financed by al-Qaeda leader Khaled Shaikh Mohammed, who is also Yousef’s uncle.

The bomb, transported to the B-2 level of the north tower’s parking garage, was made of 1200 pounds of urea nitrate with a nitroglycerine triggger, exploding at 12:17 p.m. The bomb also contained several other components to make it more deadly: magnesium, ferric oxide, three cannisters of hydrogen gas, and sodium cyanide. The bombers had hoped to collapse the north tower into the south tower, and kill upwards of 250,000 people through the actual bomb and the subsequent release of cyanide gas. The cyanide, however, burned rather than becomming vaporized in the blast.

In October 1995, Islamic terrorist Omar Abdel-Rahman (known as the blind shaykh), was sentenced to life imprisonment for masterminding the bombing. In 1998, Ramzi Yousef was convicted of “seditious conspiracy” to bomb the towers.

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