A few days before the commemoration of the September 11 jihadi attacks, two more victims killed in attacks in New York have been officially identified, thanks to new DNA sequencing technology, the city announced Tuesday.
The head of the New York Forensic Institute said in a statement that his lab had identified the 1,646th and 1,647th people to die at the World Trade Center.
On September 11, 2001, a total of 2,753 people were killed when two Al Qaeda commandos shot down two planes inside Manhattan’s twin towers.
Of those, 1,106 are still unidentified, or 40% of those who died in New York.
“Twenty years ago, at the World Trade Center, we promised the families of victims that we would identify what we wanted – no matter how long it took.
The first woman, Dorothy Morgan, lives on Long Island and her remains, discovered in 2001, were subjected to DNA testing. The second victim was a man found in 2001, 2002 and 2006, but his identity was kept secret at the request of his family.
According to Ms. Sampson, the process and techniques used to identify each victim at the World Trade Center over the past two decades reflect “the largest and most complex forensic investigation in American history.”
This is especially possible with the new technology in the so-called new generation of DNA sequencing, according to the New York Institute of Forensics.
The United States should remember on Saturday the worst attacks in history around Joe Biden, weakened by the chaotic end of the war in Afghanistan. The U.S. president plans to visit the three sites where nearly 3,000 people died.