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. Renee

    How Horrible, R.I.P. Soldier's and my Prayer's go out to their families

    March 2, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Alissa S.

    @ Joe Canadian
    "I guess the Germans are sick of having american troops in their country for over 60 years."

    Screw you. I love Germany and the people that live there. Most of the ones I know personally love the American people. This is a tragedy. It is not necessarily the German's fault. We don't know much yet. Understand that before you speak negatively of a people, please.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. TuckerMax

    Wow, my wife was just there on Monday.. heading to Camp Manas... My thoughts and prayers are with the soldiers family and friends.. Never forgotten~

    March 2, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Che-3

    They couldn't exercise their "American RIGHTS" to bear ARMS in a foreign land?

    March 2, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      That has to be the dumbest comment on here yet. Good job!

      March 2, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      AMERICAN rights are NOT in effect in GERMANY. Just as GERMAN rights are not in effect in the US.
      Different countries have different rights and laws. Learn a little about the world. It's a LOT bigger than your twinkie encrusted sofa.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ivan

    I read somewhere that he's a Serbian.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. CV

    Anyone want to bet a Mulsim did it?

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


      March 2, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • From Kosovo means he is muslim

      When they said he was from Kosovo they gave away the fact that he is Muslim. Kosovo is a Muslim center in that region and many of the Kosovo population were removed to live in Germany. The govt probably wont let the story out though, our admin are too Islamophilic.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Kosovo is 90% Muslim, yes. SUNNI Muslims, who are the ones HELPING us in our war effort.
      As opposed to SHIA Muslims, such as Iran, the Taliban, Al Qaeda and Sadr.
      Oops, you'd not know the difference, as you've never BEEN to any of the places where such people are. You prefer to spread hate and undermine our war effort by alienating our allies.
      I know of quite a few Sunni translators who jumped in the way of incoming fire, getting shot, protecting our troops.
      Meanwhile, we have the nice folks from Westboro who protest our military funerals and the SCOTUS lets them.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allie

      @ Wzrd1 – – whether the majority of people living in Kosovo are Sunni Muslim or not is irrelevant. The Muslims in Kosovo are ethnically Albanian. The majority of which support (like our government, and we can see its coming back to haunt us) the terrorist organization called KLA and Kosovo`s independence.

      The KLA fought a "terrorist style`war against the Serbs in Kosovo just like we are fighting right now against Al Queda and the rest of our enemies (seems like the whole world).

      Because of our imperialistic and corporate interests (not because of humanitarian concerns) we supported the KLA bombed Kosovo (killing many Albanians) and Serbia in order to bully the Serbs into submission and to make them give up Kosovo. Right now one of our biggest military bases on foreign soil is in Kosovo – camp bondsteel. And keep in mind Kosovo is incredibly rich in natural resources. And is also a very important geopolitical region.

      Today Kosovo is a breeding ground for extremists which are spreading into neighboring countries like Macedonia and Greece. Also the majority of the drugs that reach Europe can easily be linked back to Kosovo. Afghanistan - Kosovo - Germany for example would be a pathway. Their president or prime minister was a leader of the KLA and is suspected to be involved in many crimes against humanity such as organ trafficking of kidnapped Serbs and Albanians who didn't support the separatists (KLA).

      Why that guy did what he did.... maybe he was high

      March 2, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. david

    why would someone attack a group of american soldiers.

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

      Right, like that's never happened before.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. alibaba

    It was one of the German Skinheads,that carried that attack

    March 2, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Che-3

      Dummy; TAKE a HIKE!

      March 2, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. sk8104s8tan

    looks like gadafi's terrorist group is back in operation

    March 2, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Stan

    Muslim radicals?

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

    Who wants to take a bet that its Islam connected! I'll betting heavy that it is.........yes those peace loving muslims........eventually the world will wake up........the consequences to muslims will be catastrophic, but as the old saying goes.....'you can't fix stupid'

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

    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 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff

    We (the U.S.) have a military presence in 38 countries world wide. We don't need troops in Germany or anywhere else.
    The Pentagon's budget is outa control and we could cut their budget by half and still be spending more on the military than any other country. These boys lost their lives needlessly.

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

      Right, because nothing like this EVER happens in the states. Does Fort Hood ring a bell??

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

      Jeff, if you look back at history, countries that are well-prepared to defend their interests (or have alliances with some other country that will do it for them) survive better and longer than countries who stick their heads in the sand and hope for the best. To defend our interests today, we need bases worldwide. Wish it weren't so, but that would require a major rehaul of human nature and all attempts at that have, so far, failed.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Very well said,Jeff. Just be careful not to hurt the feelings of some of these right-wing nutjobs here!

      March 2, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jamil behram

      if US starts to not help israel . .leave iraq and afghanistan . .stop drone attacks in yemen and pakistan . .
      i assure you that USA will be in peace

      March 2, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Che-3

      Couldn't have said it better!
      You're one of the FEW amongst us with BRAINS in current USA.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      Jamil, I wonder who died and made you king? It's almost amusing how you believe you're in a position to dictate terms to anyone. Perhaps you will have peace once you stop killing innocent civilians and abusing your own women (among many other atrocities commited by people from your religion). I wonder if Pakistan affords you the liberty of expressing your ideas without the threat of jail or death. Go fix your own countries first.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Vangie Bender

    Evil truly visited these young souls. I pray for their families who believed them safe in Germany. Truly the saddest day in these families lives, God bless them!

    March 2, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. madeleine7

    Yes, the Kosovan IS a muslim. Watch "our own muslim in the White House" wriggle out of tellingit likeit is , or, even appearing angered at this outrage!!!!!

    March 2, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Yeah! After all, YOUR agenda is MORE IMPORTANT THAN FACTS!

      Two people were shot dead at Frankfurt airport on Wednesday and at least two others seriously injured after a man opened fire on bus full of US soldiers, according to police. Police spokesman Jürgen Linker told public broadcaster HR that the incident occurred at Terminal 2 on a bus used by the US military. "It appears everything happened inside the bus," he said. The bus driver and one US soldier were reportedly killed.The authorities said they believed there was an altercation on the bus before the shooting occurred and there was no indication that it was an act of terrorism. The police said one 21-year-old suspect from Kosovo had been arrested.


      March 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
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