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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Attacks Touched 64 Countries

NEW YORK -- The hijacker attacks on the United States that left nearly 6,000 dead or missing hit every corner of the globe, not just symbolically and politically, but also in terms of human lives.

Figures compiled Wednesday by Reuters showed that when jetliners plunged into the World Trade Center in Manhattan and the Pentagon near Washington on Sept. 11, they left an estimated 5,600 people dead or unaccounted for in New York alone -- and almost 2,000 came from 64 other countries.

An unofficial tally shows that Britain, India, Colombia and Pakistan were the hardest hit, with each country losing more than 200 people in the catastrophe. They were followed by Israel with 133, Russia with 96 and El Salvador with 71.

The many nationalities of the dead and missing were largely attributable to the role of Manhattan, and particularly the World Trade Center, as the world's leading financial center, said national security adviser Condoleeza Rice.

"When the World Trade Center went down, the world's trade center went down," she told reporters Wednesday.

The massive office complex with the landmark 110-story towers that are now a pile of rubble was home to hundreds of companies including some of the biggest players in international finance.

The significant international component of the victims' list has added to the world's indignation over the attacks and is helping the U.S. government rally support for what it says will be a global "war on terrorism."