The U.S. State Department says two of its officials are among those still unaccounted for in Belgium following the deadly bombings in Brussels. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: The U.S. State Department on Thursday (March 24) said that two of its officials were among those still unaccounted for in Belgium following the bombings in Brussels. State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner also told reporters during a daily press briefing that the U.S. was unaware of any U.S. fatalities. Three identified suspected suicide bombers hit the Brussels airport and a metro train, killing at least 31 people and wounding some 270 on Tuesday (March 22) in the worst attack in Belgian history. U.S. officials were trying to find Americans missing after the attacks, which the officials said injured about a dozen U.S. citizens including three Mormon missionaries, a U.S. Air Force airman, and four members of his family. Belgian officials have said the death toll could increase because some victims at the subway station were blown to pieces and hard to identify, and several survivors were in critical condition. The attacks sent shockwaves across Europe and around the world, with authorities racing to review security at airports and on public transport systems. Islamic State, which controls areas of Syria and Iraq and has sympathizers worldwide, claimed responsibility for the Brussels bombings, fueling debate and controversy in the United States about how to stop such attacks.