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‘It was because God has a plan’

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OKLAHOMA CITY – They were mere toddlers when the yellow rental truck exploded just beneath the windows of their second-floor day-care center.

Some spent weeks in intensive care. Others required years of therapy. All will forever be scarred.

But they are alive.

It was 10 years ago today that six children survived the life-shattering hell Timothy McVeigh unleashed on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.

Nineteen children perished, as did 149 adults. Hundreds were injured when the fertilizer-and-fuel bomb pulverized the nine-story federal office building, leaving a massive pile of crumbled concrete, twisted steel and shattered glass.

“I’m very grateful for being here,” said Christopher Nguyen, the oldest at 15. “There were hundreds of people in the building that day. Only six kids survived. It was pretty miraculous, I’d say.”

Sometimes they can’t help but wonder why.

“My (grandmother) said it was because God has a plan for me,” said 11-year-old P.J. Allen.

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