On Saturday morning, the mastermind behind the 1993 World Trade Center terrorist attack, Sheik Omar-Abdel-Rahman, has died.
At 78 years old, he passed away in a federal prison after more than two decades, according to Fox News.
Abdel-Rahman, an Egyptian radical who maintained a global following even while imprisoned for more than two decades, died Saturday morning at Butner Federal Medical Center in North Carolina, where he was serving a life sentence.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that Abdel-Rahman died at approximately 5:40 a.m. Saturday of natural causes after a long health battle with diabetes and coronary artery disease.
On February 26, 1993, the bombing tragically killed six and injured over 1,000. History.com has more information on what happened that day.
On February 26, 1993, the plotters loaded their homemade bomb, which weighed about 1,200 pounds, into a yellow Ford Econoline van they had rented from a Ryder dealership in New Jersey. Two of them then drove it across the Hudson River into Manhattan, made their way south to the World Trade Center, entered the basement parking garage between the north tower and a hotel, parked in an illegal spot on a ramp, lit four 20-foot fuses, got into a car that had trailed them and sped off.
The death of Rahman must be a relief to the victims. He showed no remorse for his actions.
President Donald Trump said he wants to be tough on terrorism. He is accomplishing the first step, which is to identify the enemy as radical Islamic terrorism.
These radical Islamists continue to terrorize, but our brave American troops and allies will continue to do whatever it takes to wipe them out.
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