Gunman kills two U.S. airmen in Frankfurt, Germany

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  1. DerAdlerIstGelandet

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    Gunman kills two U.S. airmen at Frankfurt airport.

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German police arrested a man on Wednesday after two U.S. airmen were shot dead and two wounded in an incident on a U.S. Army bus at Frankfurt airport, authorities said.

    Security round the airport was tightened and an investigation into the "terrible, senseless crime" was under way, said Boris Rhein, interior minister for Hesse state.

    "Whether the incident was linked to terrorism I cannot say at this stage," he told reporters.

    The suspected gunman was apparently a Kosovo national, he said. Police said he was 21.

    A spokesman for Frankfurt airport operator Fraport said the shooting took place in a U.S. Army bus in front of Terminal 2. U.S. President Barack Obama said he was outraged by the attack.

    Authorities in Kosovo believed they knew the identity of the suspected gunman but could not confirm it yet, Kosovo Interior Minister Bajram Rexhepi told Reuters in Pristina.

    A police official identified the man as Arif Uka from the city of Mitrovica but no official confirmation was given yet.

    "The government of the Republic of Kosovo is extremely touched and strongly condemns the killing of two American citizens and the wounding of two others by a citizen from Kosovo that happened today in Germany," the government said in a statement.

    The United States has had troops in Kosovo since 1999, when a NATO bombing campaign pushed out Serbian forces. The U.S. troops there now are helping to oversee a fragile peace that has held since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

    Major Beverly Mock, spokeswoman for the U.S. Air Force at Rammstein air base in Germany, said the identities of the dead airmen had not yet been confirmed.

    "The German authorities have the shooter in custody," she said.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking in Berlin, told a news conference: "We don't know the details but I would like to express how upset I am. We have to do everything we can to find out what happened."

    (Reporting by Tilman Blasshofer; additional reporting by Fatos Bytyci in Pristina, Annika Breidthardt and Sarah Marsh in Berlin and Maria Sheahan in Frankfurt; writing by John Stonestreet; editing by Angus MacSwan)

    Gunman kills two U.S. airmen at Frankfurt airport - Yahoo! News

    APNewsBreak: Shooter allegedly a German Muslim

    MITROVICA, Kosovo – The gunman suspected of killing U.S. airmen outside Frankfurt airport is a German-born devout Muslim who works at the airport, according his uncle.

    In an interview with The Associated Press in Kosovo, 70-year-old Rexhep Uka said the suspected gunman — Arid Uka — was born and raised in Germany after his parents moved there from Kosovo about 40 years ago.

    The uncle says Arid is a pious Muslim whose 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.

    APNewsBreak: Shooter allegedly a German Muslim - Yahoo! News
     
  2. Erich

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    Retribution can be swift .......... pious muslim eh ?
     
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    Terrible to hear. My condolences to the families involved and I hope the perpetrator gets what's coming for him.

    :salute:
     
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    Terrible news..........
     
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    Damn, terrible thing. I hope justice can be done for these men.
     
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    I say toss the guy back on the bus. Whatever's left after 10 minutes can go to court. Or into a baggie.
     
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    People are so f**king ill in the head these days. I hope that S.O.B gets what he deserves.
     
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    Pong, I don't know if "People" is correct, seems to me, stereotyping of course, that a certain type of people is usually at the bottom of these sorts of things and they always seem to so very "pious"
    A terrible end to two very promising lives. The Germans are pretty tough on these sorts of things so hopefully he will receive justice
     

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    Still another murder of two American servicemen occurred this day when an Afghani policemen shot near Kandahar. The reason for the shooting was given as the burning of a copy of the Quran by Florida pastor Jones. Expect more acts of retribution on the part of the Islamics in the coming days.

    Other folks might see the current trend of "Democratization" in Islamic states as a good thing. All I see coming out of this trend is the placing of all Islam on the same page and pointed at the West. Regards
     
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    Did he actually go ahead and burn the thing? Last I'd heard, someone had finally talked some sense into the idiot.
     
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    Sad news.....:(
     
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