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Terrorism unit probes laser attacks

The FBI has assigned its Joint Terrorism Task Force to lead its probe of laser attacks on the cockpits of two planes approaching a New York City airport this week.

It will i nvite help from the public as well spearhead the fight against a growing threat.

The FBI said yesterday a reward is available for anyone providing information leading to arrests in the attacks at LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday.

The FBI said the first attack occurred when a Shuttle America cockpit was illuminated by a green laser on its final approach to LaGuardia at 7.35pm local time on Tuesday.

It said the crew reported that the laser originated about a half mile west of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

The second incident occurred three hours later when a private aircraft reported a green laser two miles south-west of LaGuardia.


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