The official news agency of the Islamic State has issued a bulletin claiming responsibility for the deadly attacks Tuesday in Brussels.
The claim was disseminated on the group’s official Telegram channel and picked up by other official ISIS channels, on Telegram and on Twitter.
“Islamic State fighters carried out a series of bombings with explosive belts and devices on Tuesday, targeting an airport and a central metro station in the center of the Belgian capital Brussels, a country participating in the coalition against the Islamic State,” the statement says. “Islamic State fighters opened fire inside the Zaventem airport, before several of them detonated their explosive belts, as a martyrdom bomber detonated his explosive belt in the Maalbeek metro station.”
THREE AMERICAN MISSIONARIES INJURED IN ATTACK
The Mormon Church said three of its members, all Utah residents working as missionaries in Europe, were injured on Tuesday in the airport attack.
“The three had been accompanying a fourth missionary who was on her way to a mission assignment in Ohio, and who had already passed through airport security,” the church said in a statement.
All three men were near the explosion and taken to a hospital, the church said. Their conditions are unknown.
The victims were identified as: Richard Norby, 66, of Lehi, Utah; Joseph Empey, 20, of Santa Clara, Utah, and Mason Wells, 19, of Sandy, Utah.