Immediately following the attack, a state of emergency wasdeclared in the city, all federal office buildings were closedincluding the Pentagon, where roughly 23000 military and civilianpersonnel work. Security guards carrying automatic weapons werereportedly seen patrolling the White House grounds.

The attack, which is said to have taken place on the army sideof the Pentagon, occurred at 9:45 a.m. yesterday. A hijackedAmerican Airlines commercial aircraft, believed to be a 767 enroute from Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles, crashedinto the building, sparking a massive fire that burned throughoutthe day. A portion of one side of the building collapsed in thefire and a series of secondary explosions were reported in the areafollowing the attack.

Government officials returned to the Pentagon last night for apress briefing. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the Pentagonwill be open for business today. Rumsfeld, whose offices reportedlyare on the opposite side of the building from the crash site, saidit was too early to estimate how many people were injured or killedin the attack. Published reports estimate the death toll at thePentagon as anywhere from 100 to 500 people.

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