WASHINGTON (UPI) — About a dozen Americans were injured in the Islamic State attacks in Brussels, and authorities are attempting to locate others who remain unaccounted for.
State Department officials told CNN that “approximately a dozen” Americans were injured in Tuesday’s attacks, also adding that authorities are making “every effort” to account for all U.S. citizens and government personnel in Brussels after the devastating attack that killed at least 34 people.
ABC News reports those injured include three Mormon missionaries, as well as a U.S. Air Force service member and his family. The missionaries are identified as Utah residents Richard Norby, 66; Joseph Empey, 20; and Mason Wells, 19.
The Air Force member is a lieutenant colonel serving in the Allied Joint Force Command Brussum.
“We are saddened by today’s attacks and extend our sincere condolences to the victims and families of those impacted,” Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said in a statement today. “Our priority at this time is the safety and well-being of our airmen and their families.”
The identified Americans who were injured have been hospitalized, but the extent of their injuries has not been revealed to the public. The U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning on Tuesday following the Brussels attacks, which expires on June 20.
“U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places,” the State Department warns. “Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.”
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