President Obama Consoles Parents of American Couple Killed In Brussels

WEST HARTFORD, CT - APRIL 08:  U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech on gun control at the University of Hartford on April 8, 2013 in West Hartford, Connecticut. Nearly four months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, Connecticut has passed some of the toughest gun control measures in the nation.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
WEST HARTFORD, CT – APRIL 08: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech on gun control at the University of Hartford on April 8, 2013 in West Hartford, Connecticut. Nearly four months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, Connecticut has passed some of the toughest gun control measures in the nation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Latest on the attacks that left 31 dead and 270 wounded in Brussels. (all times local):

1:30 a.m.

A State Department official confirms that two more Americans have been identified as killed in the attacks in Brussels, bringing to four the total number of U.S. citizens confirmed as victims.

An official confirmed the deaths on grounds of anonymity Sunday night because this person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The official did not disclose the identities of the victims “out of respect for the families in this difficult time.”

Officials have said previously that at least a dozen Americans were injured in the attacks last Tuesday.

Earlier Sunday, the White House said that President Barack Obama had telephoned the parents of an American couple identified as among the dead in the attacks.

The White House said Obama offered his condolences and praised Justin and Stephanie Shults as epitomizing all that was good about America.

Justin Shults was originally from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and his wife, Stephanie, was a native of Lexington, Kentucky. They graduated together from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. A family member says they were dropping Stephanie’s mother off at the Brussels airport and were watching her walk through security when the bombs went off.

– Associated Press writer Merrill Hartson contributed to this report.

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10:25 p.m.

Some 150 Jordanian Christians have attended a prayer service for the victims of last week’s bombing attacks in Belgium.

The Belgian ambassador to Jordan joined Sunday’s service at the Mary of Nazareth Roman Catholic Church in the Jordanian capital of Amman. The diplomat, Hendrik Van de Velde, says that prayers are an important gesture and that “it means a lot to the Belgian people.”

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9:30 p.m.

The White House says President Barack Obama has telephoned the parents of an American couple who died in last week’s terror attacks in Brussels.

The White House says Obama offered his condolences on Sunday afternoon and praised Justin and Stephanie Shults as epitomizing all that was good about America.

Justin Shults was originally from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and his wife, Stephanie, was a native of Lexington, Kentucky. They graduated together from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. A family member says they were dropping Stephanie’s mother off at the airport and were watching her walk through security when the bombs went off.

The White House says the president also assured their parents that the thoughts, prayers and resolve of the nation are with them at this difficult time.

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SOURCE: AP