Brother, sister killed in Brussels bombings; man was engaged to daughter of former Hurricanes CEO

— United States officials confirmed Friday that Americans Alexander Pinczowski and his sister, Sascha Pinczowski, were among those killed in this week’s terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium.

The confirmation of their deaths came as Secretary of State John Kerry visited the city to express condolences to the Belgian people.

Alexander Pinczowski was engaged to the daughter of Jim Cain, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark from 2005 to 2009. Cain was also the CEO of the Carolina Hurricanes from 2000 to 2002.

The siblings had been missing since Tuesday’s bombings at the airport departure terminal in Brussels.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which killed 31 people and wounded 270.

Speaking after meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Kerry said the “United States is praying and grieving with you for the loved ones of those cruelly taken from us, including Americans, and for the many who were injured in these despicable attacks.”

Talking to reporters, Kerry said the reason the Islamic State group is resorting to actions outside the Middle East is that its “fantasy of a caliphate is collapsing before their eyes; it’s territory is shrinking. Its leaders are decimated. Its revenue sources are dwindling, and its fighters are fleeing.”

“We – all of us representing countless nationalities – have a message for those who inspired or carried out the attacks here or in Paris, or Ankara, or Tunis, or San Bernardino, or elsewhere: We will not be intimidated,” he said. “We will not be deterred. We will come back with greater resolve – with greater strength – and we will not rest until we have eliminated your nihilistic beliefs and cowardice from the face of the Earth.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

,United States officials confirmed Friday that Americans Alexander Pinczowski and his sister, Sascha Pinczowski, were among those killed in this week’s terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium.

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