‘Precursor to 9/11’: Trade center bomb echoes after 25 years
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a terror attack that foreshadowed 9/11: the deadly World Trade Center bombing that happened 25 years ago Monday.
The explosion on Feb. 26, 1993, killed six people and injured over 1,000. It manifested the growing terror threat from Islamic extremism and led to safety improvements credited with helping some people survive Sept. 11.
And the scenes of calamity at the soaring twin towers would be echoed and terribly amplified eight years after the bombing.
The echo resounded personally for Lolita Jackson. As a young finance worker, she picked her way down 72 flights of blacked-out stairs after the bombing and fled the trade center’s south tower again on Sept. 11, 2001.
She says the bombing “tends to be forgotten because 9/11 was such a cataclysmic event.”