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Belgian authorities search for third airport bombing suspect

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Brothers Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui, both involved in Brussel's attacks. Brothers Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui, both involved in Brussel's attacks.
Two wounded women at Brussels airport. Two wounded women at Brussels airport.

By Kristina Zagame

Belgian authorities are on a manhunt for one of the terrorists involved in Tuesday's Brussels attacks. Three out of the five bombers have been identified so far.

Authorities identified ISIS bomb maker Najim Laachraoui as one of three attackers responsible for the Zaventem airport attack that killed 11 people. Belgian native Ibrahim El Bakraoui was also named as one of the airport bombers. Both men died in the blasts.

Police believe a third suspect, on the far right in the above picture, planted the biggest bomb at the Brussels airport, but it did not detonate. Belgian authorities are now searching for this man.

Khalid El Bakraoui, Ibrahim's brother, was identified as one of the suicide bombers at the Maelbeek metro station where 20 people died that same morning. Belgian security officials say they believe a second person was involved in that blast. Surveillance footage shows a second man holding a large bag at the station talking to El Bakraoui, said Belgian public broadcaster RTBF. That man's whereabouts, identity, and whether he's dead or alive, is unknown.

Belgian police have discovered what appears to have been the attackers hideout in a Brussels suburb. Belgian Federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw said 33 pounds of the explosive TATP, screws and other bomb-making materials were found at the location.

Bombing suspect Ibrahim El Bakraoui was deported from Turkey twice last year for being suspected as a militant fighter, two Turkish officials said this morning. Turkish authorities warned Belgium of their suspicions, but Belgium ignored the warning and allowed Ibrahim El Bakraoui back into the country because he had not been tied to any terrorist activity.

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