Brussels attack: What we know about the Americans injured
ABC NEWS – Three American Mormon missionaries, as well as a U.S. service member and his family are among the dozens injured in today’s Brussels attack, according to military and church officials.
The U.S. service member and four of his family members were injured in the attack at the Brussels airport, 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.”
A military official told ABC News the family was planning to fly to the U.S. when the attack occurred.
The American missionaries 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.
Wells’ father, Chad Wells, told ABC News from Utah that his 19-year-old son is in surgery for a foot injury and that he had second- and third-degree burns on his face and hands. His father said this wasn’t the first time Mason Wells had been near a terror attack.
Chad Wells explained that his son was in France during the Paris attacks last year and close to the Boston Marathon bombing as well.
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.
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.
There have been at least three reported explosions in two locations in Brussels today resulting in at least 31 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.
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