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On April 19 1995 around 903 am just after Oklahoma parents had dropped their children off at day care at the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City the unthinkable happened A massive bomb inside a rental truck that was parked right next to the buildings main support pillars exploded taking out two of the main four support pillars which in turn pulled at the front of the building tearing the front half away When the smoke cleared and the debris was sorted exhausted rescue workers packed up and left With 168 people dead it was the worst terrorist attack in US history Just 90 minutes after the explosion an Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer happened to pull over 27-year-old Timothy McVeigh for driving without a license plate Shortly before he was to be released on April 21 for a driving infraction no license plate McVeigh was recognized as the bombing suspect and was charged with terrorism and murder When McVeighs ex-Army buddy Terry Nichols discovered that he too was wanted for questioning he voluntarily surrendered to police in Herington Kansas and was later charged in the bombing McVeigh and Nichols were both charged with terrorism murder and conspiracy A total of 168 people died as a result of the bombing Another 500 were injured McVeigh and Nichols are charged in the deaths of the 160 people who died in the federal building the day of the blast McVeigh was found guilty on all 11 counts in the bombing of the Alfred P Murrah building in Oklahoma City Guilty of using a weapon of mass destruction to kill people and destroy federal property Guilty of using a weapon of mass destruction that caused death and injury Guilty of one count of malicious destruction of federal property Guilty of eight
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