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25 years later, Oklahoma City bombing still inspires antigovernment extremists

At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, a bomb exploded in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 19 children.

The nation’s deadliest act of domestic terror in modern times was planned and executed primarily by two Army veterans radicalized by white supremacist and antigovernment propaganda and enraged by the 1993 FBI raid on the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas.

Now decades in the past, the Oklahoma City bombing and its legacy are critical to understanding the domestic extremist movements of today.

 

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