Attack on New York and Benghazi

Attack on New York and Benghazi



New York Magazine stated the actual number of attacks on the World Trade Center, in New York City, were unforgettable. The first tower fell at 8:46 a.m. ET, before the second tower fell at 9:02 a.m. The first tower stood for 58 minutes before it fell. The second tower stood for 102 minutes. It took 12 seconds for the two towers to fall. Then, a dark chapter in American history began.

9/11 Statistics

“The Encyclopedia of 9/11” stated that there was a total of 2,753 victims who lost their lives, on the day the two towers fell. 23 New York City Police officers lost their lives, as well as 343 New York City Firefighters.

128 people who worked for the companies inside the World Trade Center also lost their lives. 37 Port Authority Police officers died. 1,402 employees died in Tower One, and 614 employees died in Tower Two.

658 employees of Cantor Fitzgerald also died. Citizens of 115 nations lost their lives in terrorist attacks since 9/11. 2,343 troops in the United States military also lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in New York City.

3:1 was the ratio of men to women who lost their lives on the day the U.S. was attacked. The age of the largest numbers of victims who lost their lives on that day was between 35 and 39.

291 bodies were found that were still intact. 21,906 remnants of bodies were also discovered. However, 1,717 families never found any remains.

An estimated 36,000 units of blood was donated to the New York Blood Center. A total of 258 units of blood was actually used.

1,609 people lost a spouse or partner in the attacks. 3,051 children lost a parent in the attacks.

Benghazi Attacks

11 years later, another attack was carried out in the U.S. on Sep. 11, 2012. The attack took place on an American embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

The BBC stated the events in Libya led to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, who was his state department colleague. Former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Dorothy were also killed in the attack.

The BBC’s timeline of the events in Benghazi stated that at 10 p.m. ET, the attackers opened fire at the consulate.

At 10:15 p.m. the attackers were able to advance into the complex. The building was then overcome with flames. A great number of hostages, who were confined inside, were finally able to escape. However, Smith, Stevens, and a regional security guard were trapped.

The security guard was able to free himself of the catastrophe. He then returned momentarily with others trying to rescue Smith and Stevens.

Smith was found dead inside the embassy. There was no sign of Stevens. Survivors were then driven from the building by gunfire, thick black smoke, and fire.

By 10:45 p.m. security staff attempted to retake the building. However, they are attacked with substantial fire and had to retreat.

At 11:20 p.m. a second endeavor to take back the central building finally succeeded. The combat then finally migrated to the annex.

At midnight, the fighting in the annex resulted in the death of two more Americans. The two other departed Americans were later named by U.S. authorities as Navy Seals who attempted to protect other staff members.

At 1:15 a.m. Stevens arrived at a local hospital. A doctor at the hospital told the BBC that he spent an hour trying to revive him. However, Stevens died of smoke inhalation.

At 2:30 a.m. security forces regained domain over the annex.

By John A. Federico
Edited by Jeanette Smith


New York Magazine: Death, destruction, charity, salvation, war, money, real estate, spouses, babies, and other September 11 statistics.
New York Magazine: The Encyclopedia of 9/11
BBC: Benghazi US consulate attack: Timeline

Featured Image Courtesy of Ludovic Bertron’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License