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Terrorists hit Trade towers with airliners

Both N.Y. towers destroyed; Pentagon hit, 4 planes down

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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2001 10:00 pm

NEW YORK - In the most devastating terrorist onslaught ever waged against the United States, knife-wielding hijackers crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center on Tuesday, toppling its twin 110-story towers. The deadly calamity was witnessed on televisions across the world as another plane slammed into the Pentagon, and a fourth crashed outside Pittsburgh.

"Today, our nation saw evil," President Bush said in an address to the nation Tuesday night. He said thousands of lives were "suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror."

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