(BRUSSELS) — At least two Americans were killed in this week’s terror attacks in Brussels, a U.S. official said Friday as Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with leaders in Belgium.
The official and Kerry didn’t identify the two Americans, who were among at least 31 killed in the attacks. Kerry spoke alongside Belgian prime minister Charles Michel and foreign minister Didier Reynders on Friday, offering his condolences for those killed in the attacks.
“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,” he said.
As Kerry announced the deaths of the two Americans, police had arrested at least seven people during raids in Brussels as the manhunt continued for two suspects in the bombings.
Authorities have been looking for the two since Tuesday — a man seen on surveillance video at the Brussels airport alongside two suicide bombers, who were identified by police as brothers Khalid El-Bakraoui and Ibrahim El-Bakraoui, and a man linked to the bombing of the metro station.
Officials have not identified either suspect, but a U.S. official said the man seen at the airport was already in U.S. terrorism databases at the time of the attacks.
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