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FBI, New York sending team to probe Brussels attacks

Three US missionaries from Utah were seriously wounded in the blasts at the Belgian capital’s airport

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Top US military and Justice Department officials have been briefed on the attacks in Brussels and the FBI has begun coordinating with its Belgium counterparts and other US agencies following the blasts, US officials said on Tuesday.

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter and General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were briefed, officials said. The two were due to testify before a congressional committee later on Tuesday on the Pentagon’s budget.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch was also briefed on the explosions, according to a Justice Department official, who said the department and the FBI are also coordinating efforts across the US government and with Belgium authorities.

US citizen warnings

“The State Department alerts US citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL,” the agency said, referring to the self-proclaimed ISIS group.

“Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants and transportation,” it added, in a travel alert that expires June 20.

Three US missionaries from Utah were seriously wounded in the blasts at the Belgian capital’s airport, according to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

They had been accompanying a French colleague who was heading to the United States and was also wounded.