Published March 02, 2011 Associated Press
March 2: Police surround a bus carrying U.S. military personnel at the site where two U.S. airmen have been killed in a shooting in front of Terminal 2 of the Frankfurt airport, Germany.
FRANKFURT, Germany — The U.S. Air Force says two of its airmen have been killed and two wounded in a shooting outside Frankfurt airport.
Spokeswoman Maj. Beverly Mock said German police have the suspect in Wednesday afternoon’s shooting in custody and that she could not release any further details on the victims until their next of kin have been notified.
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.
“This is a devastating and a tragic event,” Rexhepi said. “We are trying to find out was this something that was organized or what was the nature of the attack.”
The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin that two American soldiers had been killed, as she condemned the “terrible incident.”
“We’ll do everything possible to find out what happened,” she pledged.
At the airport, taxi cab driver Salimi Seraidon said he was sitting at a stand about 200 yards (meters) away when the attack took place, and that it was over quickly as police rushed onto the scene.
“We just heard the shots,” he said.
Fuellhardt said he could not give out any information on the suspect, but authorities in Kosovo said he was a citizen of the tiny Balkan nation.
Spokesmen for the Pentagon and the Air Force in the U.S. had no immediate information on the incident.
While German police had no immediate information on what could be behind the shooting, a member of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Patrick Meehan, said in Washington that it looked like a terrorist attack.
The chairman of the subcommittee that focuses on terrorism and intelligence added he did not have all the facts about the shooting yet and was still being briefed by his staff.
But German news agency DAPD quoted Hesse’s state interior minister, who had rushed to the scene of the shooting, as saying that there were no indications of a terrorist attack.
As citizens of the “Devil America” all of us are targets for Jihadists both here at home and in foreign countries. The two military personnel murdered and the others who were wounded stood out as more obvious targets due to their uniforms. Most of your fellow citizens do not realize the full scope of the hatred that a majority of Muslims harbor for the US and its people.
Our human rights, our exercise of free will, our economic strength, and our open culture are not only a threat to everything that Islam stands for, our existance proves that Islamic teachings are wrong. Muhammad was a brutal tyrant who invented Islam as a tool for controlling others. Islam lives today only because of tyrants who hide the truth of the outside world from their Islamic slaves.
We have to prepare ourselves and our loved ones to be on alert from attack at home and away from home. BR