March 02, 2011

2 Killed Including US Soldier in Frankfurt Airport Shooting (Update: 2 Killed Are US Airmen - Suspect Named as Arif Uka)(Uka shouted Allah Akbar) (bumped)(Worked at Airport)

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Breaking news

Two people have died after a gunman opened fire on a bus full of American soldiers at Frankfurt airport, police say.
A 21yr old suspect from Kosovo is said to have been arrested.

UPDATE: Speigel

A gunman at Frankfurt Airport, Germany's largest international hub, reportedly fired at several United States soldiers in a military bus on Wednesday, killing at least two people and seriously injuring two others. Wire reports suggest the two dead were likely American soldiers

German news agency DPA is reporting that police arrested a 21-year-old male suspect from Kosovo following the attack. A police spokesperson said it was too early to determine if the attack had been politically motivated or an act of terrorism.

Just after the attack, police still hadn't been able to determine the circumstances of the shooting. "It appears that everything happened in the bus," police spokesman Jürgen Linker told DPA.

UPDATE II: Sky News confirms 2 killed were US Airmen

FNC also stated the military has confirmed

FRANKFURT, Germany -- The U.S. Air Force says two of its airmen have been killed and two wounded in a shooting outside Frankfurt airport.

The gunman opened fire on a bus carrying the airmen as it sat outside Terminal 2 at the airport, Frankfurt police spokesman Manfred Fuellhardt said.

Kosovo Interior Minister Bajram Rexhepi says German police have identified the suspect who is in custody as Arif Uka, a Kosovo citizen from the northern town of Mitrovica.[More...]

The family of the Airmen are in our thoughts and prayers..sigh

UPDATE III: Via DailyMail

'We cannot exclude anything at the moment, ' said the minister, 'We will have to take a very close look at the perpetrator.'

Police spokesman Jürgen Linker said; 'Everything happened inside the bus.'

Eyewitnesses said the man 'infiltrated' himself among the GIs before shouting out radical Islamic slogans and then reaching into a bag for his gun[...]

Although the motives for the attack are still unclear, many Kosovans are Muslims, raising the suspicion that Islamic extremism may have been a factor behind the attack

In the States, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Patrick Meehan, said in Washington that it looked like a terrorist attack

Ummm, shouting Allah Akbar and stuff is a good indicator of what this is all about.

UPDATE IV: Daily Mail link above updated: "Uncle says he was a German-born devout Muslim who worked at the airport"

A German official told Fox News Channel that one airman was smoking a cigarette when the suspect pulled out a firearm and shot him.

Another serviceman was gunned down as he returned a luggage trolley.

The attacker, reportedly wielding a knife and a handgun, then boarded the bus and fired at the driver before being taken down by police, the official said.

The suspect's uncle, 70-year-old Rexhep Uka, said Uka was born and raised in Germany and was a devout Muslim who worked at the airport.

He said Uka's grandfather was a religious leader at a mosque in the village of Zhabar, near Mitrovica, Kosovo.

Murat Uka, who identified himself as the alleged shooter's father, says the only thing he knew about his son was that he hadn't turned up at work on Wednesday.

The Frankfurt airport refused to comment on whether the suspect worked there.

"Devout"...like those who show their 'prayer bruise/bump' prominently?

By Stable Hand at 04:30 PM | Comments |