Al-Qaeda First World Trade Center Bombing

The first attempt at destroying the World Trade Center in New York City, in 1993, was initiated by Ramzi Yousef as he used a truck bomb which was intended to break the foundation of Tower One. The bomb was intended to create Tower One to fall onto Tower Two, destroying both towers, however the attempt failed as the foundation held. This bombing killed only six people, injured 1,042 and caused $300 million dollars in property damage.

As Yousef’s effort failed him and the al-Qaeda cell, he then fled to Pakistan and later to Manila where he began developing the Bonjinka Plot to destroy up to twelve American airliners, simultaneously. He was later captured in Pakistan and declared his primary reason for the attack was to punish the U.S. for its support in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories; however made no suggestion of it being a religious motivation.

To date, there is no record that Osama bin Laden was involved in this initial attempt.