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Wednesday, 12 September, 2001, 18:57 GMT 19:57 UK
Archbishop warns over revenge attacks
The Archbishop of Wales Dr Rowan Williams
The Archbishop calls for a measured response
The Archbishop of Wales - who was near to the scene of the terrorist strikes on the World Trade Centre in New York - has warned against revenge attacks.

The Most Reverend Dr Rowan Williams was 200 yards away in Wall Street when the hijacked passenger jets flew into the twin towers of the Centre on Tuesday.


I hope there will be a measured response and an attempt to identify clearly who was responsible for the attack and not go out in the spirit of revenge

Dr Rowan Williams

Meanwhile the US President George Bush has described the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as "an act of war".

Speaking from the White House, Mr Bush said the US would rally the world to defeat behind the operation.

Two hijacked planes crashed into the towers of New York's World Trade Center, triggering explosions and fires that resulted in their collapse.

A third hit the Pentagon in Washington, causing a fire and between 100 and 800 casualties.

A fourth hijacked passenger jet crashed in Pennsylvania, south-east of Pittsburgh, with all 45 people on board feared dead.

Violence spiral

Dr Williams has called for a calm and thoughtful reaction to the events.

"I hope there will be a measured response and an attempt to identify clearly who was responsible for the attack and not go out in the spirit of revenge, " he said.

"That can only increase the spiral of violence which has brought us to this place with such a loss of innocent life.

"It has been a great blow to the United States which prides itself on internal security."

Prayers were held all over Wales on Wednesday for the family and friends of those affected by the attacks.


I hope the community here in Wales will understand that this is not the fault of Muslims but is the work of fanatics

Raja Gul Raiz from the UK Islamic mission

A special service was held at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Cardiff and leaders from many faiths have sent messages of support to the American people.

The FBI is attempting to unravel the events leading to the attacks, with several clues suggesting the involvement of Saudi dissident Osama Bin Laden.

Islamic leaders in Wales have insisted that theirs is a peaceful faith and they deplore any acts which may have been carried out in the name of Muslims.

Raja Gul Raiz from the UK Islamic mission said: "I hope the community here in Wales will understand that this is not the fault of Muslims but is the work of fanatics."

An emergency number for Britons worried about friends and relatives has also been issued: 020 7008 0000.

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BBC Wales's Rhodri Lewis reports
"Prayers were said all over Wales"
Archbishop of Wales Rowan Williams
"It can only increase the spiral of violence"
See also:

12 Sep 01 | Wales
Fears for relatives in US
12 Sep 01 | UK
UK on high security alert
12 Sep 01 | UK Politics
Blair's statement in full
12 Sep 01 | UK Politics
Blair warns of British victims
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