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World Trade Center truck bombing


Event Details
Primary OrganizationFirst World Trade Center bombing cell
Other OrganizationAl-Gamaa al-Islamiyya
Other OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Means of AttackTruck bomb
LocationWorld Trade Center, World Trade Center, New York, New York, United States
Time1218 local, Feb. 26, 1993
Victim Deaths6
Victim Injuries1,000
ParticipantsRamzi Yousef (Operational Commander) 1, Eyad Ismoil (Attacker) 1, Mohammad Salameh (Facilitator) 1, Nidal Ayyad (Facilitator) 1, Abdul Rahman Yasin (Facilitator) 1, Mahmud Abouhalima (Facilitator) 1, Ahmad Mohammed Ajaj (Facilitator) 1, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (Financier) 2
Narrative and Notes
ReliableOn the morning of Feb. 26, 1993, Eyad Ismoil drove a rented Ryder Ford F350 Econoline truck packed with 1,500 pounds of fertilizer-based explosives into level B-2 of the underground garage beneath the World Trade Center. Ismoil departed, leaving a timing device set to detonate the explosives a while later.

At 12:18 p.m., the bomb exploded, killing six, creating a crater 150 feet in diameter that blew a hole five floors deep in the parking garage. The towers, however, did not fall.

Killed were John DiGiovanni, Robert Kirkpatrick, Stephen Knapp, William Macko, Wilfredo Mercado and Monica Smith.

Yousef, the mastermind of the plot, later said he had hoped to kill tens of thousands.

The explosives were manufactured at a Jersey City apartment, using chemicals ordered from a supply company. They were placed in the truck at a rented storage shed alongside three tanks of compressed hydrogen gas, purchased to enhance the destructive power of the explosives.

The plotters, including Yousef and Yasin, built the bombs using manuals brought from Pakistan.1,2
1United States vs. Yousef, et. al., indictment.
2The 9-11 Commission Report. July 22, 2004.
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