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The Latest: Kerry arrives in Brussels to pay respects

  • Police guard a check point and man positions during a police raid in the suburb of Schaerbeek in Brussels, early Friday, March, 25, 2016. Belgium's prime minister refused to accept the resignations of his justice and interior ministers Thursday despite increasing evidence of intelligence and law enforcement failures to prevent this week's suicide bombings by Islamic militants.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    Police guard a check point and man positions during a police raid in the suburb of Schaerbeek in Brussels, early Friday, March, 25, 2016. Belgium's prime minister refused to accept the resignations of his justice and interior ministers Thursday despite increasing evidence of intelligence and law enforcement failures to prevent this week's suicide bombings by Islamic militants.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)  (The Associated Press)

  • A view of some of the tributes to the victims of the recent attacks in Brussels, placed in Place de la Bourse as dusk falls in the centre of Brussels, Thursday, March, 24, 2016. Belgium's prime minister is promising to do everything to determine who was responsible for deadly attacks targeting the Brussels airport and subway system. Charles Michel, in a national mourning speech Thursday, said Tuesday's attacks on the European Union's capital targeted the "liberty of daily life" and "the liberty upon which the European project was built."(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    A view of some of the tributes to the victims of the recent attacks in Brussels, placed in Place de la Bourse as dusk falls in the centre of Brussels, Thursday, March, 24, 2016. Belgium's prime minister is promising to do everything to determine who was responsible for deadly attacks targeting the Brussels airport and subway system. Charles Michel, in a national mourning speech Thursday, said Tuesday's attacks on the European Union's capital targeted the "liberty of daily life" and "the liberty upon which the European project was built."(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)  (The Associated Press)

  • A general view showing one of the memorial sites for the victims of the recent attacks in Brussels, and the media surrounding the area at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Friday, March, 25, 2016. Amid signs that life in Brussels was returning to some sort of normality on the third day of mourning the dead, authorities lowered Belgium's terror-threat level by one notch. However, they said the situation remained grave and another attack is "likely and possible." Belgium had been on its highest alert since Tuesday's bombings. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    A general view showing one of the memorial sites for the victims of the recent attacks in Brussels, and the media surrounding the area at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels, Friday, March, 25, 2016. Amid signs that life in Brussels was returning to some sort of normality on the third day of mourning the dead, authorities lowered Belgium's terror-threat level by one notch. However, they said the situation remained grave and another attack is "likely and possible." Belgium had been on its highest alert since Tuesday's bombings. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the suicide bombings this week in Brussels (all times local):

9:05 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Brussels for counter-terrorism talks with EU and Belgian officials and to pay his respects to the victims of this week's attacks.

Kerry landed at the still-closed Brussels airport for a brief, hastily scheduled stop from Moscow, where he said the attacks underscored the urgency of unity in the fight against the Islamic State group. The group has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's bombings at the airport departure terminal and a downtown subway station that in total killed 31 people and wounded 270.

On his five-hour visit Kerry is set to meet with European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders as well as King Philippe. He will also lay a wreath at a memorial site at the airport for attack victims.

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8.45 a.m.

The Netherlands' foreign minister says three Dutch citizens were killed in the bombing at Brussels airport.

Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said in a statement Friday that the victims were a woman from the eastern city of Deventer and a brother and sister from the southern Limburg province who live in the United States. He did not release their identities.

Koenders, who is on a visit to Indonesia, says "it is terrible that these people have been killed by the arbitrariness of terror."