Woolpit: Grandmother of 9/11 victim says justice has caught up with Bin Laden
THE grandmother of a Suffolk man killed in the 9/11 attacks has said justice has finally caught up with Osama Bin Laden.
Morva Wortley from Woolpit watched television in horror as the twin towers collapsed while her grandson, Martin Wortley, 29, was trapped inside the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001.
Speaking at the time of the tragedy, Mrs Wortley said her blood had run cold as she and her husband, Ronnie, watched on helplessly as the horrific attack was played out live on television.
Now, almost ten years after the devastating death of her grandson, who was born in Suffolk but moved to America with his parents in 1978, Mrs Wortley responded to news of Osama bin Laden’s death.
“This man was an international criminal and justice has finally caught up with him,” she said yesterday.
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Mrs Wortley’s grandson, Martin, made frantic calls to his family minutes after the towers were hit by a hijacked plane.
As flames engulfed the 110-floor tower where he worked, Mr Wortley told his family he was heading for the roof in the hope of a helicopter rescue.
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But as Mrs Wortley watched on from home, the tower collapsed, killing thousands of people.
In his final words to his family, Mr Wortley told them to be strong and that he loved them all.
American president Barack Obama announced news of bin Laden’s death yesterday after a “targeted operation” was launched on Sunday against the compound where bin Laden was hiding “deep inside Pakistan”.
The Al Qaida leader is held responsible for the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11 2001, and the London bombings of July 7 2005.
A small team of Americans were said to have carried out the operation in which they killed bin Laden after a fire fight and took custody of his body, Mr Obama said.
“It is coming up now for the 10 year anniversary for the loss of Martin,” Mrs Wortley said yesterday.
“But, as far as I’m concerned, the only thing we would say is justice has finally caught up with this individual.”