2. SOUNDBITE: (English) George W Bush, United States President:
"Today, we've had a national tragedy. Two airplanes have crashed into the World Trade Centre in an apparent terrorist attack on our country. I have spoken to the Vice President, to the Governor of New York to the Director of the FBI and I've ordered that the full resources of the federal government go to help the victims and their families and to conduct a full scale investigation to hunt down and to find those folks who committed this act. Terrorism against our nation will not stand. And now if you join me in a moment of silence. May God bless the victims, their families and America. Thank you very much."
US President Bush, speaking moments after two aeroplanes appear to have been deliberately crashed into New York's World Trade Centre and just before a third explosion took place near the Pentagon, pledged the full resources of the government to hunt down the perpetrators.
Speaking in Sarasota, Florida he said he had spoken to the Vice President, the Governor of New York and to the head of the FBI.
President Bush appeared grave and concerned as he asked those present to join him in a moment of silence.
He left immediately after his speech to return to Washington, presumably to be directly involved in the investigations.
Those who were watching the aftermath of the first plane crash on television, which caused smoke to billow from the top storeys of the New York landmark, were stunned when a second twin engined plane appeared over the city and flew directly into the World Trade Centre second tower.
Both towers later collapsed.
Meanwhile came news of the blast at the Pentagon.
No blame for the attacks has yet been assigned by authorities although speculation is rife.