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Tuesday, 11 September, 2001, 16:39 GMT 17:39 UK
In pictures: Terror strikes America
It will be remembered as the morning terror struck at the heart of America. The 110-storey World Trade Center was struck by two planes as horrified New Yorkers looked on.

A third plane struck the Pentagon in Washington, causing the evacuation of the military and intelligence building as it burned. Here are the tragic moments in pictures:

Smoke billowing out of the World Trade Center after it was hit by the first plane
Smoke billowed out of the World Trade Center after the first plane hit it

A second plane heads for the landmark
Less than 18 minutes later, another plane closed in on the other tower

Plane swerves to hit the World Trade Center
The plane seemed to swerve to hit the other tower

A massive explosion follows impact from second plane
The second plane caused a massive explosion and fire on the second tower

South Tower partially collapses
The South Tower collapses in a cloud of debris and smoke

Smoke and debris smothers Manhattan
The collapse obscures much of downtown Manhattan

West Tower collapses
The collapse of the second tower, the West Tower, followed shortly afterwards

People wander through fog
Terrified survivors try to flee, stumbling through a fog of smoke and shredded debris from the collapsed towers

Crowds watch smoke pour out
Across the river from Manhattan, crowds watched the drama unfold in stunned silence

Shocked people at St Patrick's Cathedral
Shocked people at St Patrick's Cathedral watch the World Trade Center collapsing

Smoke floats over Manhattan
Emergency services rushed to evacuate lower Manhattan and rescue casualties before the towers collapsed

Emergency services at scene
Police, firefighters and paramedics were close to the towers when they collapsed

The Pentagon was also hit - by some sort of aircraft - minutes after the World Trade Center explosions
The Pentagon was also hit - by some sort of aircraft - minutes after the World Trade Center explosions

George Bush
George Bush was told the news as he spoke to children in a Florida school

Smoke floats across the Empire State building
Smoke was visible across the whole of Manhattan island

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