"We stand ready to provide assistance to our friends and allies in Europe as necessary," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.
This article has been updated, 2:15 PM.
WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. military stands ready to to provide assistance to Brussels as necessary following a string of explosions that hit the city early Tuesday morning.
“Together, we must and we will continue to do everything we can to protect our homelands and defeat terrorists where ever they effect us,” Carter said during testimony to the House Armed Services Committee. “No attack will affect our resolve to accelerate the defeat of [the Islamic State militant group].”
Carter condemned the attacks and sent his “thoughts and prayers” to those affected.
“We stand ready to provide assistance to our friends and allies in Europe as necessary,” Carter said.
The Islamic State militant group has claimed credit for the explosions, posting such on its ‘Amaq News Agency, SITE Intelligence Group reported.
IS claimed it “carried out a series of bombings with explosive belts and devices” in “the Belgian capital Brussels, a country participating in the international coalition against the Islamic State.”
Belgium is a member of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the so-called Islamic State, and is a NATO member state.
Belgian authorities have not yet pointed to a culprit.
At least 34 people have been killed as a result of the blasts and more than 170 were injured, Agence France-Presse reported.