2 reported killed on U.S. military bus at German airport
A Frankfurt airport security officer approaches the U.S. military bus where at least four people were shot Wednesday.
March 2nd, 2011
01:41 PM ET

2 reported killed on U.S. military bus at German airport

[Update 1:40 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama said Wednesday he was "saddened and outraged" by an attack in Germany that killed two Americans and wounded two others. "We will spare no effort in learning how this outrageous attack took place," Obama said, adding that American officials are working with German authorities to investigate.

[Update 11:19 a.m. ET] Two people were shot and killed Wednesday in an incident involving a U.S. military bus at Frankfurt Airport in Germany, a police spokesman said.

Another person is severely wounded, Juergen Linker told CNN, and one person is in custody.

A U.S. military official said initial reports were that two people had been killed, including the driver of the bus.

It is not clear if the driver was German or American, or military or civilian.

Two others are wounded, said the source, who is not authorized to speak publicly about the incident.

The troops killed and injured are U.S. Air Force airmen from Lakenheath base in the United Kingdom, the U.S. official said, emphasizing that the information was only preliminary.

They were security forces on their way to a deployment, the source said, without saying specifically where they were heading.

They were flying commercial, not on a military plane, according to the source.

It's believed the German police have a young Kosovo national in custody, the U.S. official said.

The U.S. military base at Ramstein in Germany regularly runs shuttles to Frankfurt for commercial flights.

[Update 10:52 a.m. ET] Two people were shot and killed Wednesday in an incident involving a U.S. military bus at Frankfurt airport in Germany, a police spokesman said.

Another person is severely wounded, Juergen Linker told CNN, and one person is in custody.

The U.S. military did not immediately comment on the incident.

[Original post, 10:47 a.m. ET] Two U.S. soldiers were shot and killed Wednesday at Frankfurt airport, Germany's busiest airport, a police spokesman said.

There were conflicting reports as to whether the shooting took place inside a terminal or aboard a shuttle bus.

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  1. Joe G.

    For all those proud Americans. Have you ever thought that your "defending of American interests" 5-10,000 miles away from your beloved America is sort of terrorism? To make it easier for you,considering your inadequate knowledge of the World, think about Cambodia, Korea, Vietnam, Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan and now North Africa.

    March 3, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Travis

    Kid- Please give me a history lesson... I want to know what you know. I've read and believe in being fair and impartial to the media. I do prefer hearing or reading from all different viewpoints. I am an American Soldier that has been around, to include being stationed in the great city of Frankfurt. I've heard the Deutsch/German side of how Hitler rose to power. As a matter of a fact, if you look at this site: http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/adolf_hitler.htm /// I think that you might be surprised that it doesn't mention the US placing Hitler into power. However, it does mention that in November 1922, Truman Smith, an American spy based in Germany, wrote: "The most important political force in Bavaria at the present time is the National Socialist German Workers Party....Adolf Hitler...is the dominating force in the movement....his ability to influence a large audience is uncanny." Funny that comes from a British website. Please do send me the "World History According to Kid" I'm certain that I will find it a very provocative and inciteful read. :)

    March 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tina

      Hi, is this Travis Dale Scott? If so please reply. you once knew a tina and her daughter angela. Thank you.

      October 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. james

    Well well looks like karma strikes, I guess its totally ok for 2 u.s soldiers to kill 9 afghan children for no reason and when something like this happens suddenly everyone starts defends the u.s, btw who many people in Afghanistan and Iraq have killed including innocent children and I'm pretty sure an investigation will happen for this gun shooting but on the other hand the 9 afghan children that dies will be totally ignored, now that's what you call justice?????

    March 5, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Chris

    Maybe they will think twice before starting another World War...

    March 2, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Chuck

    Keep your mouth shut. Your idiot comments are not welcome.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Beth

    Actually the Germans love having us over here because we stimulate thier economy. They do have the #1 economy in the world but I can tell by your comment you probably didn't know that because you are so narrow minded and quick to judge.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Rick

    Joe Canadian you have no idea about anything, way to speak with out thinking! My thoughts are with the families of these soldiers!

    March 2, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Adam

    Hey Ken- Canadians fought right alongside Americans at D-Day. Go read a history book.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Tim

    How nice. Two anti-Americans celebrating over the murder of two US soldiers. Maybe if those German forefathers acted like human beings instead of pure evil when they were gassing Jews and killing millions of people, then Americans wouldn't have to babysit their pathetic country.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. dan scott

    Lets not forget Germany is mostly Muslums today. The demographics have changed dramatically.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. JerryinTampa

    So am I "Joe Canadian" but not from an American hating perspective your comment suggests. I am tired of it too because I pay taxes and my taxes are used to support American troops in Germany. Germany should pay their own way and provide all the defense they can afford. Joe when did you last enjoy my wonderful Country?

    March 2, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. SAB

    how stupid is that!!!!! Im canadian too and live 10 mins from the airport.. Im sure it will not have been a German who fired the shots.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. heddyn77

    We don't have enough infor to assume that it was a German, it could have been anotehr US troop that snapped.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Tom

    You are an idiot. I am German and grew up beside US base. We had a very good relation with the army and still do. They are a major economic factor. Perhaps you should use your worthless thoughts in a place were nobody can read them.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Adam

    @beth "They do have the number one economy in the world".....uhhhh no.

    @joe Canadian – They wouldn't have US military bases within their borders if they hadn't tried to conquer Europe twice in the last 100 years.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
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