New York City residents Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski were on the phone with a relative at the Brussels airport on Tuesday when the phone went dead
Two American siblings from New York City died in Tuesday’s deadly terrorist bombings in Brussels, officials confirmed on Friday.
Belgian authorities and the Dutch Embassy positively identified the remains of Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski, according to the Associated Press. The American siblings were at the Brussels airport on the phone with a relative when the phone went dead.
The family is “grateful to have closure on this tragic situation,” according to U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) James Cain, the father of Alexander’s fiancée, Cameron Cain.
Two other Americans, Justin Shults and his wife Stephanie, have not been heard from since the attacks, according to NBC News. Roughly a dozen Americas were also injured.
At least 31 people died and more than 270 were wounded on Tuesday in a series of explosions first at the Brussels airport and then in a third blast an hour later at a subway station in the Belgian capital not far from the European Union headquarters buildings.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, whose perpetrators include two brothers who acted as suicide bombers, Ibrahim and Khalid El Barkoui. Additional suspects remain at large.