Three Dutch missing after Brussels attacks

The Hague, March 23 (IANS) Three Dutch people were missing after the attacks in Brussels, the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs said on Wednesday.

The ministry confirmed this on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, Xinhua reported.

Two Dutch people — Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski, a brother and sister in their 20s — went missing after the attack at the Brussels airport on Tuesday. They were waiting for their flight to New York in the departure hall of Zaventem airport when two explosions took place.

Their parents heard the explosions during a phone call with them, after which the connection broke.

Since the attacks, there has been no contact with Alexander and Sascha. Their mother is now, via Facebook, looking for contact with people who have heard of her children. The family travelled to Brussels on Tuesday afternoon to continue their search.

“It is a terrible situation for the family who are left in uncertainty. Our employees are in close contact with them. The embassy is doing everything it can to quickly get clarity from the Belgian authorities”, said Dutch Minister of Foreign affairs Bert Koenders on Wednesday.

The attacks at the Zaventem airport and at the Maelbeek metro station left at least 31 people dead and over 260 people wounded.

Another Dutchman slightly injured in the airport attack was being treated in a hospital, the Dutch foreign ministry said.

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