Names Removed From 9/11 Death Toll List

The New York Times reports that New York City officials have removed a further 40 names from the list of those thought to have been killed at the World Trade Center on September 11th.

As the newspaper says, the number of those thought to have perished in the Twin Towers as a result of the terrorist attacks has progressively fallen, although the number had stuck on 2,792 for more than a year.

The original death toll, estimated immediately after the attacks, was thought to be around 6,300, but the number of those said to have died is now down to 2,752 after what City officials have described as 'an exhaustive investigation'. The latest drop of 40 is down to a number of reasons - finding people who were thought to have died, double-counting and fraud. Investigators were forced to admit that, in some cases, they had found it difficult to actually prove a supposed victim had actually existed in the first place!

For the history buffs, as The New York Times points out, the deadliest day in US history was September 17th, 1862, during the American Civil War. It is claimed that more than 23,000 men were killed, wounded or went missing on that single day.

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