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    Antwerp Authorities Enhance Police, Military Contingents Amid Averted Attack

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    The authorities of Antwerp have enhanced presence of police and military at city streets in the wake of the averted terrorist attack in the Belgian city, Antwerp Mayor Bart de Wever said Thursday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — De Wever also expressed gratitude to the police officer "on behalf of all Antwerp residents" via Twitter.

    Policemen patrol near the courthouse on Bolivar Square in Antwerp
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    ​Earlier in the day, media reported that Belgian police arrested a man for driving a car at high speed on a pedestrian shopping street in Antwerp. According to Le Libre newspaper, Serge Muyters, the chief of the city's police, said the driver of the car was a man of North African origin.

    Other media reports said that the detainee was identified as a 39-year old French national called Mohamed R., who drove the car with a French license plate. Various kinds of weapons and an illegal material were discovered in the car.

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