WASHINGTON: Today, September 11, marks the 16th anniversary of the deadly attacks on World Trade Centre, a day which changed the thinking of American people for the whole Muslim world.
Almost 3,000 people died when hijacked planes crashed into the skyscrapers, the Pentagon, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania in 2001. It has been 16 years since one of the most devastating days in the US history and the world is still finding answers in the ashes.
The 9/11 attacks spawned Washington’s so-called war on terror, which initially focused on al Qaeda and the Taliban, before later targeting the Islamic State group which has seized territory in Syria, Iraq and Libya.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, or “KSM”, was dubbed the “architect of 9/11”. He and his four alleged co-conspirators all face the death penalty in a case that is still crawling through the pretrial stages of a military commission.
According to a senior White House official, KSM allegedly hatched the 9/11 plot, secured al-Qaeda boss Osama bin Laden’s support, and oversaw operations and trained hijackers in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The other men – Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ammar al-Baluchi and Mustafa al-Hawsawi – allegedly trained hijackers, arranged travel and flight school courses or wired money to fund the attacks on New York and Washington, DC, he said in an interview a year after the incident.
Thousands of 9/11 victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers, and others are gathering at the World Trade Centre today to remember what remains the deadliest attack on American soil.
US President Donald Trump is marking the anniversary for the first time as the country’s leader today. He is scheduled to observe a moment of silence at around the time the first aeroplane hit the towers.
Trump is also expected to take part in a 9/11 observance at the Pentagon. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are hosting a private observance for victims’ relatives there at 9.11am local time.
Militants kill over 235, injure 100 namazis in a Sinai mosque
SINAI (EGYPT): A bomb and gun attack by militants has killed over 235 namazis converged at Al-Rawdah Mosque for Juma prayers in Bir-al-Abed, near Arish city here today.
According to details, following the explosion, gunmen opened fire at namazis who were leaving the mosque.
The militants were not only targeting armed forces personnel gathered there for prayers but at the ambulances too!
It is pertinent to mention here that they also target Sinai tribes reckoning them traitors and abettors of LEAs.
Attackers blocked escape routes by blowing-up cars. Due to resulting burning wreckage LEAs’ personnel failed to follow them.
While President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has called an emergency security meeting, Egyptian government has announced three days of national mourning.
FC thwarts attempt to bomb journalists in Peshawar
KHYBER AGENCY: FC here has defused a bomb attached to a vehicle carrying journalists.
Magnetic explosive devise that was attached to the vehicle.
Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have informed that four journalists belonging to local Media outlets were going to cover Torkham-Karachi rally featuring vintage cars.
It has further been informed that one of the four journalists is working for foreign media. All of them are being quizzed by LEAs.