Death Toll in Brussels Terror Attacks Rises to 35

Four Americans among the victims

A memorial for victims of the Brussels attacks / AP


The death toll in last Tuesday’s coordinated terror attacks in Brussels has climbed to 35, according to the Belgian health minister.

Maggie De Block, the health minister, announced on Twitter Monday that four individuals injured in the attacks had died in the hospital.

Terrorists carried out suicide bombings at Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek subway station Tuesday morning, killing at least 35 people and injuring some 270 others.

At least four Americans were among those that died. Married couple Justin and Stephanie Shults were initially reported missing by family members last week following the explosions at the international airport in Brussels. They were later confirmed to have died in the attacks. The other Americans have not been identified.

Several Americans, including a member of the U.S. Air Force and his family, were also wounded in the bombings.

ISIS, the terror group behind the Paris attacks that killed 130 people last November, claimed responsibility for the attacks. The terrorist group has reportedly trained between 400 and 600 fighters operating in cells to carry out attacks in Europe.

Police in Brussels are still hunting for a suspect in the bombings who was pictured alongside the two suicide bombers at Brussels Airport in surveillance video footage. Authorities arrested a suspect in connection with the attacks last week but released him Monday when they did not have enough evidence to uphold a terror charge.

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Morgan Chalfant is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Morgan worked as a staff writer at Red Alert Politics. She also served as the year-long Collegiate Network fellow on the editorial page at USA TODAY from 2013-14. Morgan graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a B.A. in English and Mathematics. Her Twitter handle is @mchalfant16.

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