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Oklahoma City bombing

Oklahoma City bombing refers to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building[?], on April 19, 1995, by Timothy McVeigh and accomplices. This was an instance of domestic terrorism within the United States.

The motivation for the attack was avenging the deaths of Branch Davidians at Waco, Texas, who McVeigh believed had been murdered by the U.S. Federal Government. There were 168 dead, which made it the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil until the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack.

A month after the bombing, on May 23, the remains of the Murrah building were imploded.

There is now a giant memorial to the bombing on the site of the Murrah building. It includes a large reflecting pool, two large "doorways", a museum, and a field full of chairs, one for each person lost. Some legislation was also introduced following the event, notably the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.

On February 19, 2001 an Oklahoma City bombing museum was dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Center[?].

Michael Fortier[?] was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 on May 27, 1998 for failing to warn authorities about the terrorist plot.

See also terrorist incidents.



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