Lessons of first (1993) WTC bombing went unheeded
Category: News & PoliticsVia: krishna • 6 days ago • 9 comments
By: BBC News
Note: This article is from 2003-- ten years after the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center which occurred on February 26th . . . way back in 1993!
The attack on 9/11 was the second terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in less than a decade.
On February 26, 1993, approximately 1,200 pounds of explosives in a rental van parked in the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center was detonated by a small cell of terrorists linked to a local radical mosque and an Islamist terror network.
The World Trade Center after the bomb. The bomb did not do the damage it was meant to.
Lessons of first WTC bombing
Ten years ago*, on February 26, 1993, a bomb exploded in the car park of the World Trade Center building in New York, killing six and injuring over 1,000.
Six men are serving life imprisonment as a result.
But in light of the events of 11 September, a number of analysts are now questioning whether the attack was a warning that was never heeded. "In many ways it was the opening salvo of al-Qaeda's campaign against the West," terrorism writer Simon Reeve told the BBC World Service's Analysis programme.
"Many of the individuals involved in the 1993 WTC bombing were connected in some way to Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda. "This was their first attack."
Next time I'll have more money, I'll come back and I'll bring those towers down. --1993 bomb mastermind Ramzi Yousef
* Note: this article is from 2003. The first attack on the WTC (referred to in this article), was February 26, 1993.