On this day in 1997

On this day in 1997, Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

The 1993 World Trade Center bombing was a terrorist attack carried out on February 26, 1993, when a truck bomb detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

The 1,336 lb (606 kg) urea nitratehydrogengas enhanced device was intended to send the North Tower (Tower 1) crashing into the South Tower (Tower 2), bringing both towers down and killing tens of thousands of people.

It failed to do so but killed six people and injured over a thousand.

The attack was planned by a group of terrorists including Ramzi YousefMahmud AbouhalimaMohammad Salameh, Nidal A. Ayyad, Abdul Rahman Yasin, and Ahmed Ajaj.

They received financing from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Yousef’s uncle.

In March 1994, four men were convicted of carrying out the bombing: Abouhalima, Ajaj, Ayyad, and Salameh.

The charges included conspiracy, explosive destruction of property, and interstate transportation of explosives.

In November 1997, two more were convicted: Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind behind the bombings, and Eyad Ismoil, who drove the truck carrying the bomb.

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