A Mormon missionary who was injured during the explosion at Brussels airport was also present at the Boston Marathon bombing, and in Paris during the terrorist attacks in November. Mason Wells, 19, of Sandy, Utah, was injured in the blast along with Richard Norby, 66, and Joseph Empey, 20, both of Utah while taking their fellow Church of Latter Day Saints member, French national Fanny Rachel Clain, to the airport on her way to Ohio.
According to his family, Wells suffered shrapnel injuries, second and third degree burns as well as ruptured Achilles tendon following the two bombings at Zaventam airport which left 11 people dead.
After confirming Wells suffered non-life threatening injuries during the attack, his family also said the 19-year-old was just "a block away" from the finish line at the Boston Marathon when the bomb went off in April 2013. Wells was also in Paris, albeit a different part of the city, when the French capital was hit by a series of attacks which left 130 dead.
His father, Chad Wells, told NBC News: "This is his third terrorist attack." He added: "This is the third time that sadly in our society that we have a connection to a bomb blast. We live in a dangerous world and not everyone is kind and loving."
Bishop Scott Bond of the Latter Day Saints Church in Sandy, Utah, told The New York Daily News. "It's incredible he'd be so close to more than one of these. I think any of us would be seriously shaken, but I think he's someone who could handle this better than anybody. He's the kind of young man to somehow turn this into a positive. He's a terrific young man."
Wells' parents added in a statement: "We are grateful that our son, Elder Mason Wells, survived the attack and is receiving quality medical care. We have spoken to him briefly and he feels blessed that he wasn't injured more, given his close proximity to the bomb. As a family, we feel the power of prayer from those we know and those who only heard Mason's name for the first time today. We will continue to pray and hope for everyone affected by this tragedy.
The Church of Latter Day Saints said Norby, Empey and Clain all received non-life threatening injuries following the explosions. A spokesperson added: "With much of the world, we awoke this morning (22 March) to the heartbreaking news of the bombings in Belgium. Our prayers are with the families of the deceased and injured, including four of our missionaries who were injured and hospitalized. We also pray for the people of Belgium and France as they continue to deal with the uncertainty and devastation caused by the recent terrorist attacks."