US marks 13th anniversary of 9/11

US marks 13th anniversary of 9/11

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York has for the first time been part of the anniversary of the attacks.

For the first time since the terrorist attacks, the memorial and museum has opened to victims’ families and first responders, following the traditional reading at the memorial plaza of the 2,983 men, women and children who died at the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and on Flight 93 in Pennsylvania during the worst terrorist attack on US soil.

The memorial will open to the public at 6pm local time and remain open till midnight. In the past the site has been shut for the entire day.

Meanwhile, terrorism analysts have expressed concern the growing number of foreign fighters, who are joining the the militant group Islamic State, may use the anniversary of 9/11 to return to their home countries, including the US, and carry out attacks.

US President Barack Obama has spoken from Washington overnight, paying tribute to the victims on the 13th anniversary of the tragedy.

The annual ritual of reading out the names of the victims has also taken play in lower Manhattan.

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