The wife of an Air Force lieutenant colonel was one of at least two Americans killed in the Belgium terror attacks Tuesday, officials told Fox News.
The woman’s name was not revealed. In all, 31 people were killed in coordinated bombings Tuesday at Zaventem Airport outside Brussels and a metro station in the city, Belgian officials say.
“The United States is praying and grieving with you for the loved ones of those cruelly taken from us, including Americans, and for the many who were injured in these despicable attacks,” Secretary of State John Kerry told Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels Friday.
Relatives of siblings Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski, Dutch nationals living in New York known to have been at the aiport, issued a statement Thursday confirming that the pair was not on a list of survivors.
“Sadly, our beloved Alexander and Sascha were not among them,” the family said in a statement Thursday. “We ask for continued prayers and privacy during this time of grieving as we await final closure.”
“The State Dept Friday confirmed that two Americans have died in the Brussels attacks. Others remain in critical condition.”
The Islamic State terror group has claimed credit for the attacks, which were carried out by as many as five bombers, three of which are believed to have died and two who are being sought. Authorities believe the bombers used suitcases packed with explosives and nails, producing blasts so devastating that identifying bodies has been difficult, and sending deadly shrapnel hurtling through the airport terminal and metro station.
About a dozen Americans were known to be injured in the attacks, and several stateside families had not been able to contact relatives that were known to be at the airport, but Friday’s development marked the first confirmation of American deaths.