Two siblings based in New York confirmed killed in Belgian bombings

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 25, 2016 9:44 AM

(Reuters) - Two siblings who lived in New York have been identified as among those killed this week in suicide bombings in Brussels, family and close friends confirmed on Friday.

Brother and sister Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski, who were Dutch citizens, were confirmed dead, according to a family statement released by James P. Cain, a former U.S. ambassador to Denmark. His daughter was engaged to Alexander Pinczowski.

"We are grateful to have closure on this tragic situation, and are thankful for the loving support, thoughts and prayers from all," the statement said, noting that their remains had been positively identified.

U.S. officials have not provided details on two Americans killed in Tuesday's blasts. At least 31 people died when Islamic State suicide bombers hit the Brussels airport and a metro train on Tuesday in the worst such attack in Belgian history.

The siblings were at a ticket counter in the airport, planning to return to New York, when the attacks occurred, news outlets reported. They were speaking by phone with a relative when the connection abruptly ended, according to the New York Daily News.

(Reporting by Letitia Stein; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bill Trott)