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Friday, 14 September, 2001, 17:55 GMT 18:55 UK
NI mourns terror attack victims
People throughout Northern Ireland observed a three-minute silence on Friday, which is also being observed as a national day of mourning in the Irish Republic.
The silence to remember the victims of the United States terror attacks - American, British, Irish and from many other nations - was held at 1100 BST, when life in other major European cities also paused.
Thousands attended a memorial service at Belfast City Hall and there were also large religious services in Londonderry, Armagh and Portadown.
US Consul General, Barbara Stephenson, Belfast's Lord Mayor Jim Rodgers and representatives of the province's main churches led thousands in prayer at Belfast City Hall.
She added; "My prayer today would be that somehow something good could come of this tragedy.
"That people all over the world but especially here would respond to Tuesday's horrific attacks by channelling the grief that now unites us into lasting reconcilation."
Councillor Rodgers said Belfast shared America's grief.
Offices and shops stopped business, public transport halted and the crowd stood in total silence for three minutes, as their thoughts turned to those bereaved. Representatives of the four main churches led prayers.
They remained silent and there were no incidents, but they also indicated their protests would resume next week.
In the House of Commons on Friday, Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble said "terrorism can be beaten" if the macinery of terror was destroyed.
He was speaking during an emergency session called by Tony Blair at which the prime minister said terrorism must be beaten in a new push.
SDLP leader John Hume said MPs were speaking with one voice in their condemnation of the terrorist attacks.
Weather hampers rescue
Thunderstorms and driving rain are hampering the rescue effort in New York. There are also fears about the instability of other damaged builidngs damaged.
But it is believed many more were killed when two passenger jets crashed into the World Trade Center, causing the twin towers to collapse on Tuesday.
About 190 people are believed to have died when another plane hit the Pentagon in Washington.
The British Government has said the number of Britons confirmed dead is about 100 and it is feared more than 500 were killed.
The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs has so far confirmed four Irish people were killed in the attacks.
In Derry hundreds joined the mayor, local church leaders and policticians from all parties at a memorial service in the Guildhall Square.
Among those gathered were a group of American students.
Shops and businesses closed and several hundred people stood quietly on the town's Main Street.
The Church of Ireland Primate, Archbishop Robin Eames, led a prayer service to remember the victims on Friday afternoon at St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh.
Schools and universities also observed the three-minute silence.
Irish day of mourning
In a national radio address in the Irish Republic, President Mary McAleese said Irish people were "sad, sickened, outraged and frightened" by the terrorist attacks.
Mrs McAleese and the Taoiseach attended a special ecumenical service along with hundreds of people in Dublin city centre to mark the national day of mourning.
Mr Ahern said he wanted Irish people to show solidarity with the victims the families and the people of the United States.
The queue of people waiting to sign the condolences book at the US embassy in Dublin on Friday morning was about 1.5km long.
Shops, banks, schools, government offices and businesses closed and many people across the country attended religious services.
Practically every Irish town and village has family connections with the United States, and there are thousands of people employed in Ireland by American technology companies.
In Britain, the Queen joined Prime Minister Tony Blair to lead mourners at St Paul's Cathedral in London, where the US national anthem was sung.
The Foreign Office emergency number for British people worried about friends and relatives is: 020 7008 0000.
The Dublin Department of Foreign Affairs emergency number is: 00 353 1 408 2000.
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