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Five of the worst terrorist attacks in history


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Twenty years have passed since one of the worst massacres in the history of the West. The 9/11 attacks, where the Twin towerss and attacked the Pentagon they left thousands of dead and wounded. A trace difficult to erase for the city of New York and the western world.

Throughout more recent history, other terrorist attacks that shook society for its hardness, such as the March 11 in Madrid or those of the kidnapping Beslan college. One of the most recent was that of Paris in 2013, where more than 100 people lost their lives in several shootings around the city.

9/11: attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon

On Tuesday 11 of September It was sunny in New York City, but in just an hour the city was covered in a cloud of dust. Two planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. A third crashed near the Pentagon, leaving more dead and wounded in its wake. There was a fourth that did not meet the objective of attacking the Capitol and ended in the fields of Pennsylvania.

Remains of the Twin Towers after the demolition
Remains of the Twin Towers after the demolition – Reuters

The two towers fell, while the Pentagon also suffered damage. Al Qaida He was the author of the attacks that left 2,996 dead and more than 25,000 injured.

This was not the only time the Twin Towers were attacked, as in 1993 suffered another terrorist attack. A car bomb exploded in the parking lot of the north tower. The objective was to bring down both towers, but they did not succeed. The authors were jihadists and they left six dead and 1042 wounded.

M11 attacks in Madrid

The story of Spain was marked with Madrid attacks of March 11, where 191 people lost their lives, in addition to counting more than 2,000 injured.

Ten explosions in four trains they exploded simultaneously in different trains of the Spanish capital. The country’s commotion was total, just three days before the general elections in Spain in 2004. The Supreme Court and the National Court ruled that the authorship of the terrorist attacks was of Al Qaida.

Explosion of one of the trains in the Madrid attacks on March 11
Explosion of one of the trains in the Madrid attacks on March 11 – EPA

Attacks at the Beslan school, Russia

On September 1, 2004, a islamic terrorist group of 30 men, BRiyad-us Saliheen martyrs’ atallion, went to the school of Beslan in North Ossetia where they kidnapped more than 1,100 people, the vast majority minor students.

Terrorists, also linked to Chechen separatist movementsThey were in the building for three days. The police finally came in and there was direct confrontation with the perpetrators of the attack. The final figures left 334 dead (186 children) and almost 800 injured.

Beslan terrorist attack.  A boy is rescued from the attacked school
Beslan terrorist attack. A boy is rescued from the attacked school – Reuters

Paris attacks on November 13, 2015

The Daesh was the author of the Paris attacks and in the suburb of Saint-Denis on November 13, 2015. Suicide attacks, shootings in terraces and restaurants, and a series of explosions in the france stadium they left 137 dead and more than 450 wounded.

Panic seized Parisians over the organized attacks of the Islamic State. Sounded was the assault on the Bataclan room, where the territorialists held hundreds of people in the room during a concert. They ended the lives of 80 in cold blood. France decreed three days of national mourning.

The Police in the vicinity of the Bataclan room, one of those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris
The Police in the vicinity of the Bataclan room, one of those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris – Reuters

Lockerbie terrorist attack

Something older was the Lockerbie bombing. This city of Scotland saw how a few days before Christmas 1988 A plane fell and took the lives of 11 people from the town.

What fell from the sky was the Pan Am airline flight 103, with 259 passengers, all of whom died, including a Spanish stewardess. A local police investigation of Dumfries and Galloway, the CIA and the FBI, determined that behind these terrorist attacks was the Libyan secret agent Al-Megrahi.

This spy put a plastic explosive in a radio, inside one of the aircraft’s holds. It exploded 38 minutes after takeoff. The plane covered the route London-New York, so the vast majority of the deceased were North Americans.

Remains of the Boeing 737 at Lockerbie
Remains of the Boeing 737 at Lockerbie – Reuters

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