United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States of America which took lives of nearly 3,000 people.
Antonio Guterres said, “Today we mark a somber day seared in the minds of millions of people around the world, a day when nearly 3,000 lives from over 90 countries were taken by terrorists in cowardly and heinous attacks in the United States of America."
Guterres said that on this day, his condolences are with the victims and their families.
He pays tribute to the survivors that had to overcome the physical and emotional scars to get on with their lives.
He added that United Nations honors the first responders who put themselves in harm’s way, with many making the ultimate sacrifice, symbolizes the very humanity and compassion that terrorism needs to be erased.
He added that the day remembers the harmony, unity, and resolve that was expressed 20 years ago by the international community, that sets goals for a future without terrorism.
Guterres added that today the world body stands in harmony with the people of New York City, the US as well as all victims of terrorism everywhere across the globe.
Guterres says that they commits again to themselves to work together to uphold the rights and needs.
The 11 September, 2001 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks carried off by the Al Qaeda group of terrorists.
A total of four commercial planes hijacked by 19 Al Qaeda terrorists. The first one to hit its aim was American Airlines Flight 11.
The flight was flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, in Lower Manhattan. And, after seventeen minutes, the World Trade Center’s South Tower was hit by the United Airlines Flight 175.
Both 110-storey World Trade Center’s towers collapsed within an hour and 42 minutes, that lead to the collapse of the other World Trade Center structures and destructed surrounding buildings.
The third jet, American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the west side of the Pentagon that caused a partial collapse of the building’s side.
And the fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93 that was flown in the direction of Washington, DC, was the only one not to hit its intended target, instead, crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
It was later found that Flight 93’s focus was to hit either the White House or the Capitol.
A total of 2,996 people were killed in the terror attacks, which were the deadliest attack in human history, with over 25,000 were injured.