Two United States airmen on their way to Afghanistan were killed and two seriously injured on Wednesday when a gunman opened fire on an American military bus at the Frankfurt airport, according to American military officials in Europe and German police.
In Washington, President Obama said he was “saddened and outraged” by the attack.
“We will spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place,” he said, “and in working with German authorities to ensure that all of the perpetrators are brought to justice.”
Mr. Obama’s statement suggested the possibility that the gunman had accomplices, but American officials in Washington said there appeared to be no immediate evidence tying the gunman to any terrorist organization. German police did not initially classify the attack as an act of terrorism, but said they were still investigating.
The suspect arrested at the scene is 21-year-old Kosovar who lives in Frankfurt, according to a police spokesman, Manfred Füllhardt. The police initially charged him with murder and attempted murder, but did not rule out adding terrorism charges. The suspect was being questioned at the Frankfurt police headquarters.
He was not named by the authorities, but The Associated Press reported that his uncle in Kosovo identified him as Arid Uka, and said he was born and raised in Germany after his parents moved there about 40 years ago. The uncle, Rexhep Uka, told the news agency that the family was Muslim and that Arid Uka worked at the Frankfurt Airport. That could not be immediately confirmed.
The German magazine Der Spiegel reported on its Web site that the suspect was carrying a large amount of ammunition when arrested. The police said they could not confirm that report.
A man whose office is near the site of the shooting, speaking on condition of anonymity to protect his business, said witnesses told him that before opening fire the gunman shouted “God is great” in Arabic. Mr. Füllhardt, the police official, said he could not confirm such reports.
An American military official, speaking on ground rules of anonymity, said that the United States was not ruling out terrorism, although it was unclear if the suspect was acting alone or with partners. “I don’t know if he’s tied to a group,” said the official. “But there is enough information at this point to indicate that he identifies with Islamist terrorist ideology.”
Asked by Anonymous at 6:45 PM on Mar. 2, 2011 in Politics & Current Events
Why? I would have to imagine it has to do with those 72 virgins they want if they are taken out during their act of terrorism.
Answer by QuinnMae at 7:05 PM on Mar. 2, 2011
Answer by NotPanicking at 8:05 PM on Mar. 2, 2011
Why? Cuz some folks just ain't right in the head.
Answer by Friday at 7:46 PM on Mar. 2, 2011
I wonder if these crazy fools really do say Allah Akbar when they do their dirty work. I am Muslim and live a decent life and iits very rare that I say Allah Akbar, even when I know He is good to me.
Answer by virginiamama71 at 6:47 PM on Mar. 2, 2011
Answer by virginiamama71 at 7:49 PM on Mar. 2, 2011
Answer by NotPanicking at 9:01 PM on Mar. 2, 2011
There is a lot of conjecture in the article, and very little is known yet about the shooting or the shooter.
Even if it turns out that the shooter is Muslim, it may just be that he's a mentally-ill man with a weapon, who happens to be Muslim. Or it may turn out that he's an extremist, working or thinking that he's working on behalf of other extremists.
Either way, we cannot condemn all Muslims for the acts of a few, or I'll have to pull up all of the examples of Christians who have committed horrendous, murderous, injurious acts in the name of their faith. It just wouldn't be fair or right to think that a person's faith defines him, or that his actions can speak for everyone who follows that faith.
Answer by jsbenkert at 7:10 PM on Mar. 2, 2011
Answer by yourspecialkid at 7:32 PM on Mar. 2, 2011
“But there is enough information at this point to indicate that he identifies with Islamist terrorist ideology
Hrmmmmm... Will be curious to see the details/reports on this particular killings/shootings... If this statement turns out to be accurate, Ohhhhh my..... Will the BO admin acknowledge killings by Islamic Extremists?
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:55 PM on Mar. 2, 2011
Answer by Farmlady09 at 8:15 PM on Mar. 2, 2011