What is the correct explanation of this horrific act, in terms of virtue?

How should we describe the terroristic hijackers who killed thousands of people on September 11th 2001? Are they courageous or cowardly? Attacking innocent, unarmed, civilian non-combatants is presumably cowardly, but facing death without flinching in the name of a cause one believe in seems courageous. What is the correct explanation of this horrific act, in terms of virtue?

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