Ceremony Marks 25 Years Since Deadly 1993 World Trade Center Bombing

Attack Was Plotted By Nephew Of 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed

Carol D'Auria
February 26, 2018 - 12:40 pm
A ceremony was held on February 26, 2018 to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Before it was attacked by Al Qaeda on September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center was targeted by Muslim extremists in 1993. Monday marked the 25th anniversary of that attack.

A homemade bomb in a Ryder rental truck went off in an underground parking garage. The blast sent 50,000 running into the street.

"There was a loud bang and the building kind of shook," one man recalled.

Lolita Jackson remembers trying to get out of the building.

"We made our way down the stairs, and people forget there were 50,000 people going down only six sets of stairs, so you can imagine the bottleneck that created," she said.

The attack killed six people.

The families of the victims placed pink, yellow, and white roses onto their names which are etched into the north reflecting pool.

"To us 93 is as big as 9/11," Patrick Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez lost his sister Monica and her unborn child, she was eight months pregnant.

"It did bring us close, my brothers and my parents, but it's that missing piece, and knowing she was pregnant it's just it's a double hit. It was hard," he said.

Port Authority Chairman Kevin O'Toole said the agency stands with the families.

"We were not ready for what visited us on that day, and for that I say I am sorry," he said.

A special exhibit to mark the anniversary at the 9/11 museum has a five foot model of the crater the explosion created. The same model was used in court to prosecute the attackers.

Six men were convicted of the bombing, they are now in prison. The ringleader of the bombing was Ramzi Yousef, the nephew of 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.