By Nda Hope Ndeh, In Buea
Moments of silence were observed across the United States, in commemoration of the terrorists-led 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon.
Families of victims killed, gathered at the memorial site in New York, where moments of silence were observed from 8:46 a.m., the exact time when the attacks began.
American President, Donald Trump and First Lady, Melania Trump, championed the commemoration at the White House.
On September 11, 2001, Al-Qaeda hijacked airliners, hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and The Pentagon, killing almost 3000 people and injuring thousands more.
America’s military center, The Pentagon, was badly hit. A hijacked commercial airliner crashed on the building, killing all 64 people on board, and all 125 people in the building.
Trump remarked in his speech that the United States is ready to use force against any terrorist that comes into her territories.
Al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a video on the 18th anniversary, condemned 9/11 attacks, saying innocent civilians were killed. Al-Zawahiri replaced Osama Bin Laden in 2011 as the group’s leader after he was killed in Pakistan by US forces.
The 9/11 attacks have been described as the group’s most gruesome attack.