The jury verdict finding that negligence by the agency that owns the World Trade Center led to the 1993 garage-bombing was only a preliminary victory for seven insurers with $21 million in subrogation claims, a lawyer for the carriers said.

Unless there is a settlement, litigation is likely to continue for an "extended period," explained Gerard Belz, an attorney with Cozen O'Connor in Philadelphia.

The 1993 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers pales by comparison with the WTC's ultimate destruction in 2001, but the event was huge at the time, killing six people, injuring more than 400, and forcing thousands to flee down the stairs through choking clouds of black smoke.

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