Five interesting facts about the 9/11 attacks
A rueful anniversary
On Sept. 11, 2001, or 17 years ago today, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States.
Unimaginable death toll
The attacks killed 2,996 people and injured more than 6,000. Most of those killed, 2,753, were at or near the World Trade Center site in New York’s Lower Manhattan.
Pentagon also hit
As a horrific scene unfolded in New York, American Airlines Flight 77 circled over downtown Washington, D.C., before crashing into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters, killing 25 military personnel along with all 64 people aboard the airliner.
Heroes on Flight 93
United Flight 93 was among the planes hijacked. When some passengers determined their plight, they fought with the hijackers and forced the plane to crash in a rural Pennsylvania field. While all on board were killed, the plane never reached its intended target.
Victims hard to identify
As of last July, the remains of only 60 percent (1,642) of the 2,753 WTC victims had been positively identified, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Sources: history.com, cnn.com