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Victims of 1993 World Trade Center attack honored 25 years later

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25 years ago on the World Trade Center bombing

Ceremony in honor of the victims of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

On this day 25 years ago, an ugly new phase of terrorism began in the western world.

It was in February. 26, 1993 when radical Islamic terrorists first attack on the World Trade Center through the detonation of a 1200-pound bomb that had been placed in a rented car that was driven into the underground parking garage level in the north tower.

Once the 20-foot fuse was lit and the suspects, a walk, a catastrophic explosion killed six people, including a pregnant woman, and injured more than 1,000 people. Approximately 50,000 people were evacuated from both towers.

A ceremony held on Monday at the World Trade Center in Manhattan, honored those who lost their lives and were affected by the attack. The event would change the way America viewed from the safety, the vulnerability, and the way we train, prepare for, and prevent acts of terror.

A family member lays a flower at a memorial ceremony of the 24th anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing on the north reflecting pool of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center in the borough of Manhattan of New York city, USA, February 26, 2017.

(REUTERS/Darren Ornitz)

A moment of silence was observed at exactly 12:18 a.m. EST at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, marking the exact time the bomb went off.

The victims ranged in age and in job titles and they were all in the wrong place at the wrong time. John DiGiovanni, 45 years old, and was employed as a dental supply salesman visiting the World Trade Center that day.

Robert Kirkpatrick, 61 years old senior structural maintenance supervisor for the World Trade Center for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Other Port Authority employees are Stephen A. Knapp, 47, and the chief mechanical supervisor for the World Trade Center.

Other WTC employees included 57-year-old William Macko, assistant chief mechanical supervisor for the World Trade Center, and the 35-year-old Monica Rodriquez Smith, a mechanical unit secretary for the World Trade Center in Maintenance. She was pregnant and was scheduled to take her maternity leave the next day. Wilfredo Mercado, 37, who worked in purchasing for Windows on the World of the International Hilton Company, also died that day.

“The wound is always there, I would say, the scar is just, you know, stronger, but it is certainly on every birthday, especially a big one like this I think about it a lot,” said Macko, the son of Michael, who spoke with reporters after the ceremony. “I think of my father and that day and, you know, all that he missed.”

Stephen Knapp, whose father was killed in the explosion, said he still struggles with his emotions.

“I’ve gone through a whole range of emotions in the 25 years of the shock and the sadness when it first started, then go through the anger that someone could do it,” he said. “As I grown older I’ve experienced that range of emotions and the only thing that remains me is the sadness, that there are people who constantly do. And ’93 was only the beginning of the in this country, and it seems like it’s building up and becoming more and more escalated.”

Rick Cotton, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, spoke at Monday’s ceremony, telling the crowd: “The best way we can pay tribute to those who were lost in 1993, is to ensure that there is no other family to live with the pain and suffering of these families have lived.”

The 1993 bombing has long been seen as a foreshadowing of the terrorist attacks that the U.S. since that tragic day, and while six men were captured, convicted and are serving life sentences, the F. B. I. is still, after one man, Rahman Yasin, who is regarded as the seventh accused in the case.

A workman looks in a huge crater under the World Trade Center in February 26, 1993, after an explosion tore through the world’s second-largest office complex, killing five people and injuring 300.

(Reuters/Evy Mages)

Federal prosecutors say Yasin is a part of a group of Muslim extremists who sought to punish the U.S. for its Middle East policy, that was the reason for the attack. Ramzi Yousef, the leader of the attack, is serving a life sentence for the bombing, and is also the nephew of the infamous Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who later claimed to be the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

Researchers have connected all seven defendants in the case to an Egyptian fundamentalist spiritual Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as the “Blind Sheik,” who was convicted for the mastermind behind several attacks against the US.

Rahman died in prison last year. The others who were convicted in 1994 were sentenced to a prison term of 240 years.

Laura Ingle currently serves as a New York-based correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) and also frequently anchors FOXNews.com/LIVE. She joined FNC as a Dallas-based correspondent in 2005.

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