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Apparent terrorist attacks against the United States of America... (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-September-2001  12:22:00 (GMT +10) - by Manaz

Following the terrible story Agg posted last night, the following details have emerged. I'm sorry for the morbid tone of this post, but this is a particularly morbid event :(

A passenger jet crashed into the north World Trade Centre tower at 8:48am New York time on the 11th of September, 2001. 18 minutes later, another passenger jet crashed into the south WTC tower. Not long after that, another passenger plane crashed into the Pentagon building in Washington DC. A fourth plane has crashed in Pensylvania, apparently missing it's target for reasons that are, as yet, unconfirmed. Approximately one hour after the second WTC tower was struck, it collapsed completely. Less than 30 minutes after that, the north tower completely collapsed as well. Five storeys of the Pentagon are said to have collapsed, with fires spreading through more of that building. Apparently 2 other buildings in the World Trade Centre Plaza have also collapsed - most likely due to damage they received as the two towers fell.

The official death toll as I can tell from the reports I'm getting stands at 200 fire fighters with as many as another 76 missing, 74 police officers, 166 people on the planes (passengers and crew), and an unknown number at the Pentagon. The death toll will rise - estimates from 10,000 to 50,000 are being mentioned - I have heard reports that there were still 10,000 people in the WTC towers when the South tower collapsed - video footage on the various news sites and feeds clearly shows people leaning out of windows (and jumping to certain death rather than being burned alive) just minutes before the north tower collapsed.

The four planes have been confirmed as having been hijacked, presumably by a single, unknown terrorist organisation.

George Bush has made a statement to the nation, saying that those responsible will be found, and justice served. He expressed sorrow and regret at the needless loss of life that has occured, and praise for those who immediately came to the aid of those who needed it.

There's not really a lot more to say - I haven't slept all night, as my father was somewhere in North America, and I didn't find out where, or that he was safe, until late this morning. I'm sure I speak for everyone involved with this site when I offer my sincere and heartfelt condolences to anyone and everyone who has suffered any loss due to this terrible series of events.

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