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Tuesday, September 11, 2001. :   The United States is hit by terrorist attacks, leaving thousands dead.

     11 September 2001 will long be remembered as the day the Twin Towers fell. At 8:45am local time in New York City, American Airlines Flight 11 which had been hijacked 20 minutes earlier, crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Centre. At 9:03am, United Airlines Flight 175, which was hijacked within minutes of the first plane, was flown into the south tower. The impact of each plane and subsequent explosions killed hundreds immediately and trapped many more people on higher floors.

At 9:40am, a third hijacked airliner, American Airlines Flight 77, was flown into the side of the Pentagon in Washington, killing 64 passengers and 125 military personnel and civilians. A fourth hijacked aeroplane crashed into a field near Pittsburgh, killing the 45 on board after its suicide flight was thwarted by civilian heroes on board the plane. Its intended target remains unknown.

The south tower of the World Trade Centre collapsed an hour after being hit, and was followed shortly afterwards by the north tower, compounding the loss of life. 365 fire-fighters and police who were assisting with the evacuation were also killed in the collapse. Over three thousand people were killed in the terrorist attacks that day in September. The attacks were linked to al-Qaeda, the Islamic militant group headed by Osama Bin Laden. A sustained attack by British and American forces was carried out on a number of Afghanistan targets where Bin Laden was presumed to be hiding, and the regime in Afghanistan quickly fell. Almost a decade after the attacks, Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by United States Navy SEALs of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group, on 2 May 2011.


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Thought For Today
The wise get all the knowledge they can, but when fools speak, trouble is not far off.
Proverbs 10:14 (c) GNB
It is better to shut-up and be thought wise than to speak and prove yourself a fool. Gather knowledge and you can speak with authority.

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