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Wednesday, 12 September, 2001, 14:02 GMT 15:02 UK
Thousands feared dead
A man lays flowers outside the US embassy in Moscow
People across the world are in mourning
The final death toll from the bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon may not be known for weeks, but initial indications are that thousands could have died.

Death toll indications
All 266 on board the four planes are feared dead
Between 100 and 800 are believed to have died at the Pentagon
41 people are known to have died so far in the WTC
10,000 to 20,000 were estimated to be inside when the first plane crashed
At least 202 firefighters and 259 uniformed service members are missing in the WTC vicinity, feared dead
The four hijacked planes which crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and near Pittsburgh had 266 people on board. All are feared dead.

Fire fighting authorities said between 100 and 800 people were believed to have died at the Pentagon, and stressed that it could be days before a precise figure was known.

The highest toll was likely to come from the World Trade Center in Manhattan, where tens of thousands of people work.

World Trade Center casualties

New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said 41 people are known to have died so far at the centre, although officials estimate that 10,000 to 20,000 people were in the buildings when the first plane crashed. How many managed to escape before the towers collapsed is unknown.

About 1,100 people were being treated at local hospitals and about 2,000 "walking wounded" were ferried across the Hudson River to New Jersey.

A rescue worker carrying a wounded woman in New York
Hundreds of volunteers rushed to help
Mayor Giuliani said at least 202 firefighters are still missing - feared crushed by the building as it collapsed while they struggled to rescue people from the blaze. He said 259 uniformed service members are also unaccounted for.

US television reports also said that seven people were known to be dead at New York hospitals late on Tuesday, although the fact that fewer came than expected was interpreted as an ominous sign by hospital officials.

Ominous sign

"I think so many people are dead. It's a bad sign that there are no mass casualties," said Dr James Dillard at St Vincent's Hospital in lower Manhattan.

A firefighter in New York, Rudy Weindler, said that during a 12-hour search he had only found four survivors.

"I lost count of all the dead people I saw," Weindler said. "It is absolutely worse than you could ever imagine."

Some people trapped in the blazing buildings jumped from the upper floors of the World Trade Center.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing a man and a woman who held hands as they plunged to their deaths.

The BBC's Mike Fox
"The rescue teams have only found a handful of people alive"
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