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The complete cessation of military operations will end at six o'clock.

Statement received by RTE, Irish Republic's radio and television network

Are elections such a threat that it drives them to violence? There are groups all over the world trying to get elections.This one seems to be trying to prevent them.

David Trimble, leader of the Ulster Unionists

Our armoured door is closed. The wife's stomach is churning up with acid. Jesus, it's awful. I've loaded up again.

A nationalist politician in Belfast, who has put the bullets back in a gun which had been empty for a year and a half

The terrorists who perpetrated today's attack cannot be allowed to derail the effort to bring peace to the people of Northern Ireland.

President Clinton

I regret that the the British Government did not realise terrorists are terrorists, and that until they bring forth fruits for repentance they cannot be trusted.

Rev Ian Paisley, leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party