In the latest news following the terror attacks, two New York City residents were killed in the Brussels bombings on Tuesday, March 22. The two were siblings Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski, who had been living New York City, U.S. officials and a friend of the family confirmed to New York Daily News. The Pinczowski siblings, who were Dutch, were on the phone with a relative when the bombs went off in the Brussels airport. They were traveling back to NYC when the bombs went off, their phone call dropped, and the relative they were speaking to hadn't heard from them since.
Both siblings attended Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. There have been three Dutch citizens reportedly killed in the attacks, including the siblings and another woman from Deventer who has not yet been named. There were 31 people killed in total during the Brussels terror attacks. The list of names has not yet been made available to the public, so the number of American casualties could rise in the coming days as information is released. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with leaders in Brussels today to discuss the attacks and offer condolences to the families who lost loved ones in the bombings.
Kerry, along with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, made a public statement together to the families of the victims. "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.
There have been at least two Americans confirmed dead after the Brussels attacks, but Kerry and U.S. officials have not yet released the names. As Kerry announced the death of these Americans, the police had arrested seven more people during raids throughout Brussels for their suspected involvement with the attacks. Police are still searching for two suspects involved in the bombings.
As names of victims continue to be released over the coming days, the Pinczowski family released a statement to Belgian authorities once their children were confirmed dead. Jim Cain, a former U.S. ambassador who has been in Brussels following the attacks, released the family's statement:
The family would like to thank the Dutch Embassy and Delta Airlines for all of their support in our search in Brussels. We especially thank all of our friends and family, across two continents, for their expressions of love, support and prayers for Sascha and Alex. We ask for continued prayers and privacy during this time of grieving as we await final closure.
There are no updates on when the remaining victims names' will be made available to the public. Passenger flights at the Brussels airport have been put on hold until Sunday, March 27.