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VOA's September 11 Coverage - 2002-07-24

A VOA Snapshot - Part of VOA's 60th Anniversary Year Coverage.

The world was taken by surprise on the morning of September 11, when the United States was attacked. Here is how VOA News Now Senior Anchor Russ Woodgates announced the news as it broke.

"… Leading the news at this hour, a bizarre incident in the middle of Manhattan Island, a commercial jet apparently crashes into one of the world's tallest buildings the World Trade Center…"

The attacks were frightfully close to the VOA New York Bureau. VOA News Now got New York staff member Diane Murrell on the phone, and she reported what she saw from her window.

"… and since then, another plane has hit the second tower, and the second tower [pause] the second tower, has burst into flames. .. They think it's a suicide mission."

VOA reporters were already scrambling to cover the story in New York, and the attack on the Pentagon, just outside Washington. One woman we spoke to made clear that these large scale attacks were really thousands of personal attacks. She was searching for her brother in the wreckage of the World Trade Center. "I want to go there with a bullhorn and just scream his name in case he's under the rubble. Maybe he can hear us, to know that he's not alone and that we're here and that we're praying for him and that we're fighting for him."

In the weeks and months that followed, VOA has continued to report on the aftermath and implications of September 11.

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