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Terrorist attacks on the evening of 13 November 2015 consisted of suicide bombings, mass shootings and taking hostages in Paris. It was an unbelievable series of attacks that left the world in shock. Thousands around the globe stared at their television screens in disbelieve as France’s capital became a city in mourn. The three suicide bombings outside Stade de France started at 21:20 along with mass shootings in four locations.
Over 130 innocent people died of which 89 was at the Bataclan theater, hostages had to witness a 3-hour standoff with French police, hospitals had to deal with 368 injured victims of which 99 were seriously injured. It was the deadliest attacks against this country since World War II and even the deadliest in the European Union since the bombings in 2004 of the Madrid Train. France was on high alert for terrorism since the shootings and attacks in January and borders checks security was increased only a week before the attacks, still the terrorist have found a way to continue their deadly mass strikes.
The Paris attacks opened up wounds not yet healed from the Twin Tower terrorist attacks on the 11th of September 2001. These attacks started with four passenger airliners being hijacked to be flown into the Twin Towers. It took only an hour and 42 minutes for both 110 story towers to collapse. 2,996 people lost their lives and it was the deadliest incident in the United States history. The United States responded by attacking the Taliban, counties strengthened anti-terrorism legislations and in 2004 Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility. It was a day of grieve, courage, and chaos in New York City that had an impact globally. It was the longest and saddest day in history and for families of the victims the pain is still very real and now refreshed by the Paris attacks.
In New York 230 million calls jammed phone lines, hundreds of firemen got trapped in the towers, hundreds more rushed to assist and the final figures confirmed that over 3,000 people were killed, 400 police officers and firefighters lost their lives, almost 10,000 were treated for injuries of with many were severe. Six people survived who was in the Trade Center towers at the time they collapsed.
What actually happened might never be known and many insist the US government’s version of these events are incomplete. Many books were published and includes best sellers like The Frightening Fraud by Thierry Meyssan. Movies were made about the events and while many are still curious about many events and thousands of questions have stayed unanswered the survivors will never forget the traumatic events of that day.
In the place where the tower once stood is a museum holding 10,000 artifacts, 911 calls, and responds recordings, and the entry pavilion looks like a partially collapsed building.