The identities of the two victims, a man and a woman, are being kept confidential at the request of the families. This brings the number of people whose remains have been identified to 1,649 out of a total of 2,753 dead after al Qaeda militants crashed two planes into Manhattan’s Twin Towers, the New York City Medical Administration said. “We hope that these new identifications provide some comfort to the victims’ families and that the efforts of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner demonstrate the city’s unwavering commitment to reuniting all World Trade Center victims with their loved ones,” said Mayor Eric Adams. .
1,104 victims have not yet been identified and the last two identifications date from 2021, AFP reported. When the south tower and then the north tower of the World Trade Center collapsed after the attack, there was so much fire, steel and dust that no trace of DNA was found in the hundreds of dead. The two new identifications were possible thanks to “a recently adopted next-generation sequencing technology, more sensitive and faster than traditional DNA methods” and used, in particular, by the US military, the medical department explained.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the deadliest in history, killed a total of 2,977 people, according to official data.