EuropeTerrorism Eyed in Attack at German Airport That Killed 2 U.S. Airmen
Published March 02, 2011
Authorities in the U.S. and Germany are scrambling to determine whether the shooting attack Wednesday that killed two U.S. airmen at the airport in Frankfurt was an act of terrorism.
The suspect is said to be a Muslim man with family in Kosovo who was born in Germany and was working at the airport at the time of the attack. He reportedly said “Allah Akbar” before opening fire on a bus outside the airport, a source told Fox News. The deadly attack also wounded two others before the man was taken into custody.
American officials in Washington told the New York Times that there was no immediate evidence tying the gunman to a terrorist organization. And German police added that they had no such evidence either, although they didn’t rule out the possibility of a link.
But a member of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Patrick Meehan, said in Washington that it looked like a terrorist attack, though he noted that he still was being briefed on the details of the shooting.
A senior U.S. military official also told the Wall Street Journal that the suspect has “some kind of Islamic ties,” but was unsure how deep they were or if they were aligned with Al Qaeda or local terrorist groups in Kosovo.
A source tells Fox News that the shooter yelled “Allah Akbar” when opening fire on the U.S. military personnel. He then dropped his gun at the scene, ran into the terminal and was subdued.
U.S. Air Force Europe spokeswoman Maj. Beverly Mock said all four victims were airmen.
They were all based at the Lakenheath military base in Britain.
A military official in Europe says the airmen were going to be deployed to either Iraq or Afghanistan.
President Obama said he was “saddened and outraged” by the shooting.
The president says the U.S. will spare no effort in finding out how the “outrageous” act took place and will ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice. He called it a tragedy.
In Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her sympathies were with the victims and their families, and pledged that Germany would do everything in its power to investigate the crime.
“It is a terrible event,” she said.
The U.S. has drastically reduced its forces in Germany over the last decade, but still has some 50,000 troops stationed here. It operates several major facilities in the Frankfurt region, including the Ramstein Air Base often used as a logistical hub for operations in Afghanistan or Iraq.
At the airport, taxi cab driver Salimi Seraidon said he was sitting at a stand about 200 yards away when the attack took place and said it was over quickly as police rushed onto the scene.
“We just heard the shots,” he said.
Kosovo Interior Minister Bajram Rexhepi told AP that German police have identified the suspect 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.”
As an Air Force vet, I have a few questions that so far I haven’t seen addressed yet.
Given the present threat level:
- Why were these airmen being flown commercially to a civilian airport in Europe?
- Why were they in uniform and not being picked up in a high security area?
- Why were they being transported in a blue Air Force bus?
These men were sitting ducks for a terrorist attack, this muslim SOB just had to pick the best opportunity to murder them.
Now don’t get me wrong I DO NOT blame the these two airmen, these procedures were put in place by their superiors and they were just following the procedures, but they need to be changed instead of serving up our brave men and women to be easily attacked and murdered by terrorists.
Meanwhile our clueless president will not even designate this as a terrorist attack which it clearly was. Obama is nothing more than a muslim ass kissing moron.
Tom in NC