According to Fox News reports, at least 2 Americans were killed in the Brussels terrorist attacks. About 1 dozen were injured, and some families are still waiting for the status of their missing loved ones.
Authorities have not released the identities of the U.S. citizens who were among the 31 people killed in coordinated bombings Tuesday at Zaventem Airport and a metro station. But Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged the deaths of Americans after meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel Friday.
“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 after meeting Michel in Brussels.
… The Islamic State terror group has claimed credit for the attacks, which were carried out by as many as five bombers, three of which are believed to have died and two who are being sought. Authorities believe the bombers used suitcases packed with explosives and nails, producing blasts so devastating that identifying bodies has been difficult, and sending deadly shrapnel hurtling through the airport terminal and metro station.
Secretary of State John Kerry had some strong words for terrorist groups during his visit to Belgium:
“We – all of us representing countless nationalities – have a message for those who inspired or carried out the attacks here or in Paris, or Ankara, or Tunis, or San Bernardino, or elsewhere: We will not be intimidated,” Kerry said. “We will not be deterred. We will come back with greater resolve – with greater strength – and we will not rest until we have eliminated your nihilistic beliefs and cowardice from the face of the Earth.”
I think we can all identify “those who inspired or carried out the attacks” around the world in recent months. It was radical Islam. It would be nice to hear our White House actually admit that out loud sometime.