American Brother, Sister Dead in Brussels Attacks

Family of Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski confirms their deaths
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2016 6:45 AM CDT
American Brother, Sister Dead in Brussels Attacks
A young boy places a candles amongst the tributes to the victims of the recent attacks in Brussels.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Two Americans have been confirmed as being among the dead in the attacks in Brussels earlier this week, an anonymous senior US official tells NBC News. That official remained tight-lipped on their names, but CBS News has a statement from the family of Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski stating the brother and sister are confirmed dead. It's unclear if those are the Americans the official was referring to, as two other Americans are known to be missing. The statement reads in part, "We received confirmation this morning from Belgian Authorities and the Dutch Embassy of the positive identification of the remains of Alexander and Sascha. We are grateful to have closure on this tragic situation." An earlier report placed the two at the Brussels airport, where they reportedly phoned their mother, who is said to have heard an explosion then lost the connection.

Reuters notes it's been a chaotic and confusing week for the families of Americans deemed missing after the attacks; the mother of Justin Shults, who is missing along with his wife, was supposedly told by a State Department official her son had been found, only to find out later that information was erroneous. Secretary of State John Kerry, who flew to Brussels to offer his condolences on behalf of the US, made mention of the victims Friday after meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, reports Talking Points Memo. "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," Kerry said, per the Washington Post. (Belgium is admitting it messed up big time.)

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