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Peruvian Woman Killed in Brussels Attacks Left Twin 3-Year-Old Girls Behind

© AP Photo / Martin MeissnerPeople bring flowers and candles to mourn at the Place de la Bourse in the center of Brussels.
People bring flowers and candles to mourn at the Place de la Bourse in the center of Brussels. - Sputnik International
The first publicly confirmed casualty of the Brussels attacks, a woman from Peru, had twin 3-year-old girls who survived.

Belgian authorities on Wednesday named the first victim of Tuesday's terror attacks at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro train station. The victim was identified as Peruvian national Adelma Marina Tapia Ruiz, 37.

Police control the access to the central train station following bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Ruiz, a Peruvian citizen who lived in Brussels for 9 years, was leaving Belgium for New York, together with her Belgian husband and two children when the attack happened. Ruiz was taking her children to visit her sisters in the US, for a Holy Week family reunion.

According to Ruiz's brother, Fernando Tapia, the girls survived because they were leaving the waiting area with Tapia's husband, Christophe Delcambe. That saved their lives, but Delcambe and one of the girls were taken to hospital with shrapnel wounds. The other child was unharmed.

Peruvian foreign ministry officials have confirmed Tapia Ruiz's identity.

The violent extremist Daesh group claimed responsibility for the attacks which killed 31 people. Belgian police are still searching for fugitive suspect Najim Laachraoui.

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