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US embassy marks 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks


The US embassy held a memorial ceremony at the Chancery in Bangkok on Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Acting deputy chief of mission James Wayman joined embassy officers in a wreath-laying ceremony.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in the US also will hold the 20th anniversary commemoration. The programme will commence at 8.30am eastern time (7.30pm Thailand time). A moment of silence will be observed at 8.46am. The ceremony will be exclusively for 9/11 family members. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will visit all three sites of the attacks.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. The first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center, while the second plane hit the South Tower. The third flight crashed into the west side of the Pentagon. The fourth flight was flown to Washington DC, but it did not hit the target and crashed in a field.

There were 2,977 victims including 344 firefighters; 71 law enforcement officers; 25,000 people were injured.

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The US killed Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the attacks and leader of al-Qaida, in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. The operation codenamed "Operation Neptune Spear" was ordered by former president Barack Obama and was carried out by the Naval Special Warfare Development Group or SEAL Team Six.

US embassy marks 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks US embassy marks 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Published : September 11, 2021