1993 World Trade Center bombing

truck bomb detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City

The 1993 World Trade Center bombing happened on February 26, 1993 in the bottom section of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, United States. Six people were killed, including a woman who was 7 months pregnant. About 1,042 people were injured. The plan was to use truck bombs parked in the parking lot of the bottom of the North Tower. The main leader of the al-Qaeda cell sent to destroy the buildings hoped the explosions would cause the North Tower to collapse and hit the South Tower.[1]

The wreckage of the site

The cell's leader was Ramzi Yousef. The group wanted to destroy the building because many Jews worked in it. Their leader Osama bin Laden was disappointed to see the buildings were not destroyed, so he wanted another attack on the same building. The result would be the September 11 attacks in 2001.


  1. "The World Trade Center Bombing: Report and Analysis" (PDF). US Fire Administration, DHS. February 1993. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-12-16. Retrieved 2011-10-25.

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