this day in 1993, a truck bomb was detonated below the North Tower of
the World Trade Center in New York City. The bomb was intended to knock
the North Tower into the South Tower to destroy them both, but this did not occur.
The attack still killed six people, including a pregnant woman, and injured
over one thousand. The terrorist attack was planned by a group of
conspirators and masterminded by Ramzi Yousef. In 1994, four men were
convicted of carrying out the bombing and two more were convicted in 1997. The group
were funded by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who would go on to be the
principal co-ordinator behind the destruction of the Twin Towers on
September 11th 2001. The memorial to the victims of the 1993 attack was
destroyed on 9/11, but they are currently memorialised at the North Pool
of the National 9/11 Memorial, opened in 2011.
“It felt like an airplane hit the building” - eye-witness Bruce Pomper on the 1993 attack