BRUSSELS (CBSNewYork/AP) — A brother and sister with ties to Manhattan were confirmed dead following the Brussels attacks this week.
Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski have family in the Netherlands, but had been living in Manhattan. Many had been posting about their disappearance on social media.
They were reportedly on the phone with their mother, when she heard an explosion and the phone went dead.
Their family has requested privacy as they grieve and hope for closure, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.
New Jersey native Ashley Bruggmann, who was in Brussels for work at was at the airport at the time of the bombings. She said that arriving at the airport 30 minutes early and getting past security likely saved her life.
“I thanked every Guardian angel that I had that kept me safe that morning,” Bruggmann said.
A U.S. official said at least two Americans were also killed in the terror attacks in Brussels. The American victims have not yet been identified.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry grieved for the victims after arriving in Brussels for counterterrorism talks with EU and Belgian officials Friday morning.
Kerry landed at the still-closed Brussels airport for a brief, hastily scheduled stop from Moscow, where he said the attacks underscored the urgency of unity in the fight against the Islamic State group. The group has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s bombings at the airport departure terminal and a downtown Metro stop that killed 31 people and wounded 270.
On his five-hour visit Kerry is to meet with European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders as well as Belgium’s King Philippe. He will also lay a wreath at a memorial site at the airport for attack victims.
The the American victims have not yet been identified.
Belgian authorities made six arrests Thursday in connection with the Brussels terrorist attacks, but were still searching for at least two suspected ringleaders. Belgian authorities continued to search for the third unidentified man at the Brussels airport in Zaventem wearing the white jacket and hat who fled (see below.)
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