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    US President Barack Obama expressed his condolences to the families and friends of those who died 20 years ago in Oklahoma City bombing, one of the bloodiest terrorist attacks in the country's history.

    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.

    "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.

    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.

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