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Hailing a Cabby: Belgian Driver Helps Police Prevent 3rd Airport Explosion

© Sputnik / Victorya Ivanova / Go to the photo bankPolice set up a security cordon around the Brussels Airport after two explosions ripped through the building on March 22
Police set up a security cordon around the Brussels Airport after two explosions ripped through the building on March 22 - Sputnik International
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Police managed to find the explosives in Brussels Airport and a house in the municipality of Schaerbeek thanks to a taxi driver, who gave the suspected terrorists a ride to the Zaventem airport, according to the Belgian newspaper Derniere Heure.

People wrapped in blankets leave the scene of explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016 - Sputnik International
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A taxi driver helped police officers prevent a third explosion in Brussels Airport, the Belgian newspaper Derniere Heure reported, referring to the explosives that were found in the Zaventem airport and in an apartment in the municipality of Schaerbeek.

The taxi driver contacted the police several hours after the Brussels terrorist attacks, after comparing the media's information about the suspected terrorists with the details of the suspicious men who had ridden in his cab to the airport.

© REUTERS / Francois LenoirPeople leave the scene of explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016
People leave the scene of explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016 - Sputnik International
People leave the scene of explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016

In particular, he informed the police that his passengers brought more than three bags, something that was out of sync with CCTV footage.

This information enabled the police to track a third bomb at the Zaventem airport which never detonated, according to Derniere Heure.

In addition, the taxi driver informed the police of the whereabouts of a house in the municipality of Schaerbeek, where the suspected terrorists entered his car.

He told the police that he had refused to allow them to take more bags with them because there was not enough space inside the car.

During a subsequent search conducted by the police, a Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) flag as well as an explosive device containing nails and chemicals were found at the house, the newspaper said.

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Derniere Heure also reported that investigators are currently searching a Renault Clio and an Audi S4 owned by a resident of the Belgian province of Limburg who was earlier registered by Belgium's state security service on charges of terrorism.

At least 34 people were killed and 230 more injured in a series of explosions that ripped through the Zaventem airport and Maalbeek metro station in Brussels at 8:00 A.M. local time on March 22. Daesh, an infamous terrorist group, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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