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US: Two new victims identified twenty years after 9/11

The head of the forensic institute in New York said in a statement that his laboratory had identified the 1646 th and 1647 th people who had lost their lives in the World Trade Center.

Two more victims killed in the New York attacks have been officially identified.
Two more victims killed in the New York attacks have been officially identified. BRAD RICKERBY / REUTERS

A few days before the commemoration of the jihadist attacks of 9/11, two more victims killed in the attacks in New York have been officially identified, thanks to new DNA sequencing technology, the city announced on Tuesday. The head of the forensic institute in New York said in a statement that his laboratory had identified the 1646 th and 1647 th people who had lost their lives in the World Trade Center.

A total of 2,753 people died after an al-Qaida commando threw two airliners into Manhattan’s Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Of these, 1,106 people have yet to be identified, some 40% of those. and those who died in New York.

“Twenty years ago, we promised the families of World Trade Center victims that we would do whatever we could – however long it takes – to identify their loved ones. With these two new identifications, we continue to meet our compelling obligations ,  wrote New York Forensic Institute chief Barbara Sampson.

The first was a woman, Dorothy Morgan, living on Long Island and whose remains found in 2001 were subjected to DNA testing. The second victim was a man whose remains were found in 2001, 2002 and 2006, but whose identity will remain secret at the request of his family.

For Barbara Sampson, the process and techniques put in place over the past two decades to identify every victim at the World Trade Center represent  » the largest and most complex forensic investigation in US history . » It was made possible in particular thanks to a new technology of DNA sequencing, known as new generation, according to the Forensic Institute of New York.

The United States must commemorate Saturday the deadliest attacks in history, around a Joe Biden weakened by the chaotic end of the war in Afghanistan, a conflict triggered precisely by the attacks of September 11. The US president has planned to visit the three sites where a total of nearly 3,000 people perished.

Par Jules Bercy

A writer a blogger passionate about science, history politics, the general knowledge of our planet and the Universe...

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