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what happened on 9/11

Updated on September 23, 2015

World trade center attacks

At 8:45 on the morning of September 11, 2001, four coordinated terrorist attacks were launched on the U.S. Nineteen militants belonging to the al-Qaeda terrorist group hijacked four domestic airlines which were to be crashed into selected and high-profile targets in the country.

Two planes were crashed in the north and south tower of the World Trade Center that not only destroyed the magnificent skyscrapers, which collapsed in less than two hours, but also claimed the lives of thousands of people. The third plane crashed in the Pentagon causing damages to the building. At this time of tragedy, the valor of the American people came to the forefront. The passengers, who were in the fourth plane upon learning from their loved ones on cell phones that the World Trade Center had been attacked, decided to fight the terrorists and in the scuffle that ensued, the plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The plane was flown towards Washington DC and had it not been for these brave passengers, the terrorists might have targeted another high-profile building killing many people.

Time Line and Facts

What happend
When Happend
Where Happend
1st Plane - Flight 11
7.59 AM
New York
2nd Plane - Flight 175
8.14 AM
New York
3rd Plane - Flight 77
8.20 AM
New York
4th Plane - Flight 93
8.42 AM
New York

What happened on September 11


Why did the attack happen and who was involved?

The deadly 9/11 attacks were undertaken by terrorists belonging to al-Qaeda, a terrorist outfit belonging to the Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden. It is said that the attacks were carried out in revenge for U.S. involvement in the Persian Gulf War, military presence in the Middle East and its support to Israel.

Loss of Life and Property

The loss of life and property was immense. It is estimated that 2,996 people died in the deadly attacks, which included 19 terrorists. The twin towers were destroyed and it took the firefighters 100 days to put out the flames resulted from the attacks. Deadly attacks also led to the death of 11 unborn babies. The attacks also led to a huge loss of precious art. It is estimated that the attacks caused a loss of $100 million of art. This included works of Picasso and Hockney.

The Situation Today

The site is being rebuilt. The first building at the site was 7 WTC. It opened in May 2006. On September 11, 2011, the memorial section of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum was opened, while the museum opened three years later in 2014. 4 WTC opened on November 13, 2013, while 1 WTC opened on November 3, 2014. It is expected that 3 WTC, which is under construction, will open in 2017. Today, the phrase Ground Zero is used for the site of the World Trade Center. However, the term was originally referred to the site of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.

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