On Tuesday, the New York Police Department evacuated the World Trade Center station, after a suspicious package was found on one of the trains, giving the all clear just an hour later.
“Due to a police investigation please avoid The Oculus at this time,” the department said on Twitter at 2:16 p.m. EST.
In addition, NBC New York reported that a “Bomb Squad is investigating after a pressure cooker was found on the last car of a PATH train from Newark Tuesday.”
The train was reportedly inside the station for more than an hour before it was discovered, the report said. The Port Authority confirmed to the network that the station had been evacuated.
However, just an hour later, the NYPD gave the all clear.
NBC New York further reported, “PATH service was suspended from Hoboken to World Trade Center and No. 1 trains were bypassing the World Trade Center in both directions as the investigation was underway. It is unclear at this moment if there are residual delays or how transportation will be impacted.”
The World Trade center was first attacked in 1993 when an Islamic terrorist connected to Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda drove a van loaded with a 1,200-pound urea nitrate bomb into the building’s underground parking structure and detonated it.
The explosion “carved out a nearly 100-foot crater several stories deep and several more high,” the FBI said. “Six people were killed almost instantly.”
Eight years later, perhaps the single most infamous terrorist attack occurred on September 11, 2001, when 19 Islamic terrorists with Al-Qaeda hijacked two commercial passenger airliners and flew them into the two World Trade Center buildings. The death toll was 2,977 killed, and the event sparked the Global War on Terrorism.
In addition to the two planes that flew into the World Trade Center towers, the terrorists also hijacked a third airliner that was flown into the Pentagon, and a fourth airliner was hijacked but passengers on the plane learned about the other hijackings through phone calls they made while on board the plane. They fought to regain control of the aircraft and crashed the plane into a field in Pennsylvania rather than let it continue to its intended target somewhere in Washington, D.C.
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