(NEW YORK) — Three American Mormon missionaries, as well as a U.S. service member and his family are among the dozens injured in Tuesday’s Brussels attack, according to military and church officials.
The U.S. service member and his family were injured in the attacks, but their current condition and how many in the family were injured was not released, according to a statement by the United States European Command.
“We are aware of one U.S. service member and his family who were caught up in this tragedy,” military officials said in a statement. “Due to privacy concerns, we are not releasing the status of their injuries at this time.”
The American missionaries named were named as Richard Norby, 66, of Lehi, Utah; Joseph Empey, 20, of Santa Clara, Utah; and Mason Wells, 19, of Sandy, Utah, by a spokesman for the Church of Latter-Day Saints. The men were accompanying another missionary, Fanny Rachel Clain, 20, of Montelimar, France, as she left to work in Ohio, when they were injured in the attack, Hawkins said.
All three have been hospitalized but the details of their condition were not released by the church.
Clain had reportedly passed through airport security before the attack occurred, according to church officials.
Norby’s son-in-law told ABC News that Norby had been able to contact his wife and said that he believed he might have a broken leg and ankle. Norby lived in Brussels and is retired, according to his Facebook page.
There have been at least three reported explosions in two locations in Brussels Tuesday resulting in at least 34 deaths, according to authorities. The Brussels airport and a subway station were attacked, and authorities are investigating the incidents. Video from the airport showed hundreds of travelers fleeing the departure hall.
Empey has been documenting his two-year-long mission online, which was scheduled to be finished in July, according to his online blog. He wrote online that he had been paired up with Wells in February.
“He’s a good hard worker so I’m excited for that, it’ll be good,” Empey wrote online after learning he’d be working with Wells.
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