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This Day in History: Remembering the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing

On February 26, 1993—20 years ago today—Middle Eastern terrorism arrived on U.S. soil in a deadly way.

Feb 26, 2013 04:00 PM

This Day in History: Remembering the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing


On February 26, 1993—20 years ago today—Middle Eastern terrorism arrived on U.S. soil in a deadly way.

Around 12:17 p.m. that day, a van containing a massive bomb exploded in the parking garage of the World Trade Center, creating a nearly 100-foot crater several stories deep and several more high. The blast killed six people and injured more than 1,000—several of them severely.

Our Joint Terrorism Task Force quickly identified seven suspects in the attack, the mastermind of which was Ramzi Yousef, who was captured in Pakistan in 1995 and is now serving a prison term of life plus 240 years without the possibility of parole.

One of the plotters in the attack, Abdul Yasin, remains at large and is a member of the U.S. government’s Most Wanted Terrorists list.

- Read story marking 15th anniversary of 1993 attack
- Wanted poster for Abdul Yasin