UPDATE 7:23 a.m. – CBS News is reporting that siblings Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski were killed in the Brussels attacks Tuesday. The brother and sister had relatives in the Netherlands and were Dutch citizens but had been residing in New York City. According to CBS News they were reportedly on the phone with their mother when she heard an explosion and the phone call disconnected.
This story continues to develop and we will have updates online and on 6 News at Noon.
UPDATE 6:45 a.m. (AP) – At least two American citizens have been confirmed killed in this week’s attacks in Brussels, a U.S. official says, as Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting the city to express his condolences to the Belgian people.
Speaking after meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Kerry said 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.”
He did not give a specific number but a senior official said the families of two Americans had been informed of their deaths in Tuesday’s attacks. The official, who was not authorized to speak to the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, did not have further details.
Meanwhile, officials say a man detained in a counterterrorism raid in a Paris suburb yesterday has connections to the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks.
Two French officials identify him as a 34-year-old Frenchman who has been wanted since January on suspicion of links to terrorism.
France’s interior minister says the man was in the “advanced stages” of a plot to attack the country.