Young German couple among Brussels airport victims: report

24th March 2016, Comments 0 comments

A young German couple headed for a New York holiday were among the victims of the Brussels airport attack, which left the wife missing and the man in a coma, a media report said Thursday.

Bild daily identified the couple by their first names as Jennifer, 29, a sales employee, and Lars, a 30-year-old hospital nurse, and said they had looked forward to the US trip after they married last year.

They had been waiting at the American Airlines check-in counter at Zaventem airport on Tuesday when the suicide bombers detonated their explosives.

Police said that "preliminary information shows that among those affected is a couple from Aachen", a city near the Belgian border.

"According to all available information so far, we unfortunately cannot rule out that Germans were killed in the terrorist attacks," Aachen police said in a statement.

Jennifer's uncle told Bild: "We know that Lars is seriously injured and lying in a coma. Unfortunately we know nothing about the fate of my niece."

The newspaper said the couple had expressed solidarity with the victims of the jihadist attacks in the French capital in November by sharing the Facebook message "Pray for Paris".

The German foreign ministry has said eight German nationals were among those injured in the airport and metro attacks, while not ruling out that Germans are among the unidentified dead.

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