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Item:   Picture shows message sent by terrorists via cell phone to communicate success of attack on New York City.

Example:[Collected on the Internet, 2001]

Attached is a picture of the cel phone message sent from the hijackers . . .

A text-and-graphics message began to circulate, via the mobile telephones of terrorist sympathisers throughout the Middle East, showing an aeroplane crashing into a skyscraper with the caption: "It hit and did not miss" in Arabic.

Origins:   We don't know where this graphic came from, but if nothing else, it serves as a reminder of the contrast between the extensive organization and technical sophistication behind the terrorist scheme to hijack and crash American airliners, and the decidedly low-tech means — knives, box cutters, and phony bombs — used to pull it off.

(
The Economist used this graphic to accompany an article about the techniques used by terrorists, but we haven't yet been able to determine if it originated with them.)

Last updated:   7 April 2008

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