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New dogs aim to sniff out LAX suicide bombers

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Airport police officer Eric Williams and "Buc," a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, check waiting passengers after a news conference and demonstration of dogs that are trained to sniff for explosives, primarily on the bodies of people as well as in luggage. Airport police officer Eric Williams and "Buc," a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, check waiting passengers after a news conference and demonstration of dogs that are trained to sniff for explosives, primarily on the bodies of people as well as in luggage.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles International Airport, which is considered a major terrorism target, has unveiled a new canine patrol to sniff out suicide bombers.

Los Angeles police on Thursday introduced several dogs that are specially trained to detect explosive residue in crowds. Canine teams already check luggage but the new dogs will focus on moving people and can sniff out explosive residue up to 15 minutes after a person has passed by.

Documents recovered after the killing of Osama bin Laden showed that the terrorist encouraged attacks against Los Angeles and other cities.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says the dog teams are not a reaction to those discoveries but rather resulted from efforts to plug security gaps after the attempted Christmas 2009 suicide bombing of a Detroit-bound plane.

 

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