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Victim of September 11 attacks identified 18 years on

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About 40 per cent of the people who died in the 2001 attacks on New York remain unidentified. Photo Getty
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Authorities have newly identified the remains of a victim of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Centre.

The New York City medical examiners’ office said on Monday (US time) the man was the 1643rd person to be identified nearly 18 years after hijackers crashed planes into the trade centre’s twin towers in 2001.

The victim’s name, which is being withheld, was confirmed through DNA testing of remains recovered in 2013.

It’s the first new identification of a World Trade Centre victim since that of Scott Johnson, a securities analyst at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in July 2018.

The medical examiner said about 40 per cent of the 2753 people reported missing – or about 1100 sets of remains – are still unidentified.

The most recent remains were recovered near the Deutsche Bank building. Experts identified the missing man by analysing a bone fragment, spokeswoman Aja Worthy-Davis said.

Mr Johnson’s bone fragment was tested several times before it could be properly identified. Advances in technology and new techniques discovered by the medical examiner’s lab helped make the identification possible.