Dozen Americans injured in Brussels attacks: US official

23rd March 2016, Comments 0 comments

A dozen Americans were wounded in the Brussels attacks and a number unaccounted for, but no US nationals were known to have been among the 31 dead, the State Department said Wednesday.

Three Mormon missionaries and a US Air Force member were reported to be among the hurt Americans in Tuesday's bomb blasts that also injured 270 at Brussels airport and a metro train.

"At this time, we are aware of approximately a dozen US citizens injured in the attacks," State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said, adding: "We are not aware of any US citizen deaths.

"We must emphasize that a number of US citizens remain unaccounted for and the Kingdom of Belgium has not yet released nationality information for reported fatalities."

He said the United States was making its own efforts to account for American citizens in the city, which hosts the headquarters of NATO and the European Union.

The United States has three diplomatic missions in Brussels -- its embassy, another for NATO, and a separate mission to the EU.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

© 2016 AFP

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