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Utah Teen Injured In Brussels Survives Third Attack

| by Sean Kelly
Mason Wells and a friendMason Wells and a friend

A Utah teen injured in the attack in Brussels, Belgium had already seen more than his fair share of terror — having survived both the Boston marathon bombing and the massacre in Paris.

Mason Wells, a 19-year-old Mormon missionary, was with fellow missionaries at Brussels airport when the attack took place. The blasts at the airport killed more than a dozen people.

Wells suffered burns in the blast, as well as damage to his heel.

According to his parents, the young man was stationed at a Mormon mission in Paris in November 2015 when the bombings took place. He was also at the Boston marathon in April 2013 when that attack took place, as he was supporting his mother who was running the race.

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"This is his third terrorist attack," Wells' father, Chad, told ABC News. "This is the third time [that] we have a connection to a bomb blast. We live in a dangerous world and not everyone is kind and loving."

The young man's mother, Kymberly, told ABC News that she and her husband were concerned for their son after the Paris attacks but he assured them he was far enough away to remain safe and unharmed.

"Mason has always assured us that he is safe and careful," she said. "I told him first and foremost always be aware of your surroundings, please be very careful when you’re traveling -- be very observant to people around you."

LDS Church Bishop Scott Bond, of Sandy, Utah, told the New York Daily News that Wells was a block away from the blasts in Boston.

"It’s incredible he’d be so close to more than one of these," he said. "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' family said their concern is to make sure that their son will be able to achieve his dream of joining the Naval Academy, despite the burns and the ruptured Achilles tendon.

"The way we get back on our feet after something like this happens is a true test of character," Chad Wells told ABC News. "He was blessed significantly by God. We see a blessing by this, not a terrible curse."

Sources: ABC News, New York Daily News / Photo credit: Facebook/Daily Mail

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