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. Katy

    Oh no my friends boyfriend is there

    March 2, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • CloverGirl

      Sending good thoughts your way, and to the families of everyone over there.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • corey

      omg katy, do you thinks it was him? I like totally hope not, text him and tweet him till he responds k

      March 2, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      u run

      March 2, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • R D

      Yea because your friends boyfriend is the only US soldier in frankfurt. Genius

      March 2, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      @ dufen, we Americans might be fat and stupid but I'll tell you what, at least we have the money to buy toilet paper and take showers instead of wiping our a$$ with our left hand! The only reason you hate us is because you are not one of us! so suck it!

      March 2, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Lulu5

      Late last summer my husband and I were at that airport. The entire sencond floor is dedicated to a retreat "USO" for our soldiers. They are dressed in their uniforms, hundreds of them.. The is no "low profile" like the spokesperson, Barbar Star said. B>>>>S<<<<<<!!!, they are there bigger than life!

      March 2, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Dürfen

      AT whatever
      I have 0 interest to become American or to live in the USA! And we have the better toilets, which use less water and have a better quality. The water which we use is good frech water from the mountains. Don't like in the USA where the water comes from watertowers! ICK!

      March 2, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • joe american

      @ durfen...Bullsh$t, we hear about all the different blood shed EVERYWHERE. we are the ones who have the balls to do something about it, instead of b$tching about how horrible things are.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob with the Bob

      Yes, an American life is worth 3 Canadian or British. It is worth 6 of everyone else.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Been There, Done That

      Dürfen, don't forget your standard issue Toilet Bowl Brush by every toilet, it's the only way to clean the "tire marks" off those better quality toilets... and don't forget to add in multiple flushes to do the job each time anyways.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Durfen, my water in the US doesn't come from a water tower, but from a reservoir, fed by streams from the mountains nearby.
      Our toilets ARE low flush and use less water, but ONLY due to expense involved, as we have plentiful water.
      And honestly, we don't WANT you, as you lack the common courtesy due to the poster, as SHE was expressing distress over her boyfriend in the area where the shooting occurred. One wonders about your parents, if your behavior is a reflection of your upbringing!

      Katy, I'm sure he's fine. There are thousands of US troops in Germany and WAY more than one bus full of deploying troops.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Katy, Hang in there. I hope you get a call soon that all is well. It's tough being a Girl Friend, wife, husband or parent of a military member. My prayers for a safe answer and for the families of those that were killed.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Revere

      Oh no! I'm in Germany! I hope it wasn't me!!

      ....drama queen. Say hello to the facebook narci-generation.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    Very sad....:–((

    March 2, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. hulio

    what is this world coming too. Everyday I go on CNN and all I read is about killings

    March 2, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • BeavisButtheadBushObama

      Yes people die everyday.How it is how it was how its going to be

      March 2, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • po

      history, it's whats happening. it happens everyday dear.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • CNN LOL

      Then don't turn on that crap. Watch the travel channel to get away from death or try a real news channel like FoxNews where you can at least hear both sides of a debate. "Fox lies!" LOL Only those who don't watch it can say that. If you do watch, you will see an even balance of libs, dems & the evil conservatives too. The libs won't often win the argument (this is true), but it's because FoxNews debates with facts. That makes things unfair for the left. I know. 🙂

      March 2, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • R D

      People have been dying for a long long time you just hear more about it.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • sdl

      Killings and terrible acts have been going on forever - sadly, it's nothing knew –we're just more aware of it with 24/7 cable news and the Internet.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Michelle

    I am praying for these brave soldiers and their families.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. FormerSkySoldier

    Really Katy? You know how big Germany is right? There are 4 major bases with troops on them...over 20k troops are in Germany at any given time...I think he might be ok.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • CloverGirl

      Nice of you to be so supportive over someone who's worried about a loved one. Yes, it probably isn't him. It's human to worry.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • HGB

      FormerSkySoldier,
      Was your criticism of Katy really necessary? It is only natural to think of those whom we know in areas of tragedy or disaster. Sure, chances are high that he is ok, but there is nothing wrong with her being concerned. What's wrong with a little compassion and concern for our loved ones and friends? We all could use a little more.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Devry

      probably not... but there are at least 2 "katys" out there for whom this is very real today...

      March 2, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • heather

      this is also where troops pass through going and returning from deployments.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Stanford

      What SkySoldier said about Katy was a little insensitive, but honestly, I was thinking the same thing.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Really

      It was SOMEONE's loved ones. FormerSkySoldier is an insensitive idiot.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • AP 28

      You people are actually criitical of someone worried over the death of a possible loved one; do you have any empathy or compassion whatsoever? I think she is probably aware of the fact that Germany is in fact large and it is highly likely that it was not her loved one.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Hulman Moody

    German Newspaper reports its some dude from Kosovo – they have arrested him...

    March 2, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Tiffany

      Thanks for that info.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul Revere

      I am going to go out on a limb here and take a wild guess that this "Kosovo national" is a member of the "religion of peace"

      March 2, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • DBTRN

      PR: I'm on that limb also. The Clinton, Holbrooke, Albright utopian syndicate is falling apart in the Balkans. KLA black market body parts and all.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ash

    Possible suspect is 21 year old from Kosovo so NO this is not a case of Germans being sick of having American troops there...that's what happens when you go to war with the world and there's a treaty to sign at the end...

    March 2, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mike Hill

    The BBC is reporting the the shooter has been arrested and is from Kosovo

    March 2, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hulman Moody

    RE: "Joe Canadian" it wasnt a German – and the U.S. troops have been there since WWII at the request of the German govt...i see an I-D-10-T error...

    March 2, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tamara

    My husbands stationed in germany, our soldiers are staying safe rheir whole deployment and then when they get back something happens to them, crazy.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. DB-Houston

    Where's the story? We need more information on this ASAP.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Daniel

    I suppose that they're going to blame this one on Al Qaeda too. I know that if I were a German,I'd resent like the dickens the presence of foreign troops on my soil including Americans. In fat,being of German origen,I do resent the presence of foreign troops in Germany myself. A Germany for the Germans,I say!!!

    March 2, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Sorry about the missprint above folks,I meant to print "fact",not "fat". My apologies.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      For being a German as you call yourself, your pretty uninformed of what's going on there. U.S. Soldiers have been there at the request of the German government. If your going to comment, you should really educate yourself on the subject.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Non German Person

      And the rest of the world resents Germany starting two wars last century, costing billions of dollars and millions of lives of innocent people.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Hulman Moody

      It was a guy from Kosovo – probably Muslim. Maybe you should do some research and determine why/how U.S. troops came to be stationed there...if the German govt wanted them out – they would let it be know...bet youve never been off the street you grew up on have you?

      March 2, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeremiah

      You going to throw a "Sig Heil!" in there to with your stupid comment?

      March 2, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      You have the freedom to return to the father land anytime because of these brave troops. If you don't like America and freedom ... then leave it ... soon!

      March 2, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • ernst

      Too bad you don't know how much money the Germans make with Americans being over. One of the largetst bases in the world, Ramstein, is in an area where the economy is garbage and unemployment is in the high teens. Ramstein employs thousands of Germans who without the base wouldn't have jobs. Besides, starting two world wars isn't a good thing and if you lose chances are someone is going to have presence in your country.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      That's simple enough, Matt. The German government of today finds that collaborating with the United States to be big business and being subservient to be quite lucrative. Just forget German national pride,they say!!!

      March 2, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • RightUnite

      Shut up you idiot.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      Sounds awfully similar to what Hitler used to say.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Oh you like the "old" German government. I see. Well carry on with your Nazi self then.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • TyroneHogglegg

      All it takes is a little world history lesson to understand why the US is there...and yes it does have something to do with your country killing tens of millions of innocent people....and starting WWII

      dammm stupid Germans and Canadians....

      March 2, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Data

      Non German Person

      And the rest of the world resents Germany starting two wars last century, costing billions of dollars and millions of lives of innocent people.

      False – only the WW II we started.

      WW I: Started by Austria.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Daniel, you are a disgrace for today's german people. But I guess, a democracy just has to bear up even with morons like you. It's a pity ...

      March 2, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      If they don't want us here then they should have won the war!

      March 2, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mace

      you guys are idiots. WW1, started by a Kosovarian in Yugoslavia by killing an Austrian, and this has NOTHING to do with Germany, despite the fact that it happened IN Germany. Learn to read you dumb Americans. Your fat, your dumb, you can't read, and honestly, I'm almost ashamed to wear my Uniform. America for the Americans, idiots please leave. I'd rather be stationed in Germany than the US. I liked the German's better, and they know how to use a traffic circle!

      March 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allie

      @ MACE – – just like Yugoslavia didnt exist when Arch Duke Ferdinand was assasinated by Princip, a Serb, neither did Kosovo as a so called country, let alone the made up ethnic group called kosovars. By the way, Kosovo today is not an official country nor should it be, major players in the world such as Spain, Russia, China, India and Brazil to name a few dont recognize it.

      but you are right WWI and todays events have little to do with each other. And we Americans can be pretty fat.

      Back to the events in Germany. Apart from the obvious it seems people are hesitant to acknowledge that the criminal who killed the soldiers was an ethnic Albanian man from Kosovo. We only hear a Kosovarian... i wonder why

      March 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jeff

    Ya think it was another attack by the peace lovin muslims? ? ??

    March 2, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Sulayman

      It's not by "The Muslims" unless you mean all 1.5 Billion do it. If it was by terrorists, then its not the same.

      Muslims, such as myself, actually are peaceful and patriotic people. Terrorists do not represent me any more than crazy people like Fred Phelps represent most Christians.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Truth about Islam

      Muslims believe in one true GOD, the God of all the prophets from Adam to Jesus and Muhammad (Peace be upon them all)

      The word Islam means submission to the one true GOD and peace.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Sorry Jeff if you haven't figured this out but all religion when mistreated or misrepresented can lead to evil. Christianity is no exception. If we want people to stop treating Americans as ignorant children we should probably not make ignorant and childish statements.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tiffany

    That is horrible. It would have been nice to get more details. Prayers for the family and friends. Been to that airport many times and it is always pact with travelers and soldiers. Just the word "Germany" gives me chills.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. Erik

    The war ended many years ago. Time to bring our troops home. We can't afford it anyway.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Armychick

      Dumb comment. Americans in Germany doesn't have anything to do with the war any longer. We are guests who contributes million to the German economy. American military bases overseas are there for strategic purposes, unrelated to WW II.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Erik, it's words and feelings like yours, those of isolationism, that brought the US into TWO world wars.
      Do you REALLY want to repeat that mistake a THIRD time and try a THIRD world war on for size?

      March 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
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