Today marks 16 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Today marks 16 years since the now, infamous, 9/11 terrorist attacks. photo: business insider

POLOKWANE – The sight of two airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center will be an image that not many people will forget.

The second plane en route to hit the south tower.
Photo: sourced.

The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

Four passenger airliners operated by two major U.S. passenger air carriers (United Airlines and American Airlines)—all of which departed from airports in the northeastern United States bound for California—were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists.

Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City.

Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed, with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the World Trade Center complex.

A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense) in Arlington County, Virginia, leading to a partial collapse of the building’s western side.

In 2004, al-Qaeda’s leader, Osama bin Laden, claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives.

Tell us, where were you on the day of the 9/11 attacks?

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Raeesa Kimmie
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