The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were captured in countless photographs by photojournalists, eyewitnesses, first responders, security cameras, and agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (FBI) and others, including an astronaut on the International Space Station.
Pedestrians look at smoke rising from the WTC tower on September 11, 2001. Photo: AP
Twenty years later, the news agency AP released more images of September 11, 2001, when hijackers used commercial planes to crash into the World Trade Center (WTC) building in New York, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. .
The attack killed nearly 3,000 people and caused the 110-story twin towers to collapse.
Thick black smoke covered the sky over New York. Photo: AP
The photos capture the severity, chaos and emotion of 9/11 on every level, from views of smoke billowing over the New York skyline to close-ups of a person’s worried, stained face. Women are running in a hurry on the dusty street.
People around the tower quickly covered their faces and fled the scene. Photo: AP
Street photos capture the growing horror as people stand still and cry at the sight of two burning skyscrapers. Flames rose from the windows of the Pentagon, a global symbol of how America’s military might was again vulnerable to attacks by Islamist militants.
Smoke billowed out from the North Tower. Photo: AP
Some of the photos show a deeper insight into the pain but are also humane, such as the screaming expression of an injured firefighter, a woman walking through a rain of debris from a tower. while holding someone else’s shoulder.
A burned down Pentagon building. Photo: AP
There are images of determination, including firefighters working amid smoking rubble and a salesman sweeping the dust after the disaster.
People fled from the South Tower. Photo: AP
Finally, as night fell, many people looked across the New York harbor in the smoke, trying to understand what was happening before their eyes. As we still do today!
Pedestrians flee the area near the WTC. Photo: AP
Two women hugged each other and cried as they watched the WTC tower burn. Photo: AP
A firefighter screams in pain after being rescued. Photo: AP
What remains of the twin towers. Photo: AP
A man sweeps dust in front of a store before being evacuated. Photo: AP