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Oklahoma City Bombing Nathan Haggwood English 101 English Composition Professor Butts September 26, 2017
On the day of Wednesday, April 19, 1995 a catastrophic bombing took place in OklahomaCity. The act of terrorism was committed by Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh, who rented a box-truck and packed it with explosives then detonated them in front of Alfred P. Murrah FederalBuilding downtown of Oklahoma City. The lead perpetrator was Timothy McVeigh. This bombing resulted in deaths of 168 people, 19 of which were children. A total of 650 people was injured due to the impact, and 300 nearby buildings were also damaged or destroyed. The building was destroyed due to safety reasons and later became a national memorial and a museum on site. This bombing was a devastating event to the world. The Oklahoma City bombing drew many speculations, but never thought people of the nation would convict such harshly events, ". . . some politicians and commentators had fingered Islamic terrorists as the most likely culprits, fueling anti-Muslim sentiment and triggering calls for tougher anti-immigration measures" ("Who Are They? (Cover Story)"). After the attack, many people believed it was the Islamic terrorists, because of the recent 1993 World Trade Center Bombing. However, it was Americans that committed the act of terrorism in fact veterans who were army-buddies, Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh. Timothy McVeigh rented a motel room in Junction City, Kansas on Friday, April 14, using his own name, but using his buddies address, James Nichols of Decker, Michigan. James Nichols was the brother of Terry Nichols. While McVeigh was in Kansas he renter a Ryder box-truck. He checked out of the room on Tuesday, April 18, the day before the bombing. His whereabouts for the next 24 hours are still unknown; however, three witnesses reported to have seen him outside the federal building in Oklahoma City. ("Who Are They? (Cover Story)"). The day of the explosion, McVeigh parked
the truck in front of the complex that then detonated, and blew off the north wall of the nine-story building. A massive manhunt then took place in search of the massacre, approximately an hour and twenty minutes after the bombing, McVeigh was stopped by an Oklahoma state trooper,because McVeigh was driving a vehicle without a license plates. McVeigh was stopped in Perry, Oklahoma, sixty miles from Oklahoma City where the bombing took place. Charles Hanger, the state trooper noticed that McVeigh was wearing a harness concealing a Glock semiautomatic pistol, which was loaded. The officer then arrested him on state charges for carrying a concealed weapon, driving without a license plate and no insurance. ("Who Are They? (Cover Story)").

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