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US service member, family injured in Brussels attack

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A U.S. service member and his family were injured in the terrorist attack on Brussels on Tuesday, U.S. European Command (EUCOM) said.

“We are aware of one U.S. service member and his family who were caught up in this tragedy,” EUCOM spokeswoman Navy Lt. Cheryl Collins said in an emailed statement. “Due to privacy concerns, we are not releasing the status of their injuries at this time.”

{mosads}At least 31 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded following a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital.

There were two blasts at Zaventem airport and one at a metro station near European Union buildings.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has taken credit for the attacks.

The State Department confirmed Tuesday afternoon that multiple Americans were injured in the attacks, but said none appear to have been killed.

“We know that a number of U.S. citizens were injured in the attacks, but we do not have an accurate figure right now,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. “We do not know of any U.S. deaths at this point.”

 

“The number [of injured Americans] keeps fluctuating, as you might expect it would in a situation that is this fluid,” Kirby added, refusing to give a minimum number of confirmed injuries.

EUCOM is continuing to confirm the status of its service members and is working to ensure their safety, Collins said.

“To confirm the safety of all US military personnel and families, to include those on pre-approved leaves and other official travel, we continue to seek 100 percent accountability from all subordinate commands and units,” she said.

“We are also working closely with our interagency partners and host nation counterparts to determine the appropriate steps to ensure the safety and security of all U.S. personnel,” she added. “Consistent with the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, due to the heightened threat environment, U.S. citizens are urged to remain vigilant and aware of the local security situation; to follow local authority instructions and to monitor local media for further developments.”

– Updated at 2:38 p.m. Julian Hattem contributed.

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