MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On April 19, 1995, a terrorist attack occurred in Oklahoma City, which was considered the most violent attack committed in the United States until September 11, 2001. As a result of an explosion of a multi-storey building, in which numerous federal agencies were situated, 168 people died. The main organizer of the crime, Timothy McVeigh, was sentenced to capital punishment and executed in 2001.
Today we mark the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing--the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in our history.— Julián Castro (@SecretaryCastro) April 19, 2015
"Twenty years ago today in Oklahoma City, two terrorists attacked their own country, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more. We will never forget the men and women who lost their lives in the bombing that day," Obama said in the statement Sunday.
1995, B. Clinton:"If anybody thinks Americans have lost the capacity for love & caring & courage, they ought to come to Oklahoma"#OKStandard— Presently Running (@presentlyrun) April 19, 2015
Obama added that "if those murderers hoped to terrorize the American people that day, to break our spirits or shatter the bonds that unite us, then they completely and utterly failed."
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the tragedy, a ceremony of mourning was carried out in Oklahoma City, which began with 168 seconds of silence.
Among the participants were relatives of those killed and the survivors. Bill Clinton, who was the president of the United States at the time of the attack, addressed the residents of the city.