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. Porings

    i`m from Germany and I would like to tell you, what German medias say about that situation:
    bild (bigges newspaper):
    A young man from Kosovo (21) got into the bus of the US soldiers and after a conservation he shot the bus driver (US) and one US Soldier.

    To the thing with US troops in Germany: I think it is OK für the most germans, that you are here. I really like the USA and I'm happy, that you and your Allys brought peace back to Europe.

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

    frankfurt, not berlin like the picture in the video show us.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anglo-German

    Anyone spouting hatred of Germans because they started WW I and II needs to take their meds, frankly, and start reading up on both history and contemporary politics. In this context, it is also insulting to the memory of the dead soldiers.

    German and American (and British, Australian, etc) soldiers are fighting side by side in Afghanistan. Right now. American soldiers have been an extremely welcome presence on German soil for over 60 years. The two countries have been very close allies and friends for over half a century. Many Americans have German ancestry, and Germans love American TV, movies and products.

    I trained with American soldiers in my time in the German army, both in my own "Vaterland" and abroad. Most of them were great guys, and some of them besame life-long friends. There is a huge mutual respect here, and rightly so: Americans and Germans in many ways are very kindred spirits.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Actually German troops in Afghanistan are not fighting for Germany,but for the right-wing thugs in Washington and American corporate interests. They have no more business in Afghanistan than we do!

      March 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fomersolider

    we have a100 year occupation of germany from atreaty signed at the end of ww2 all non believers need to brush up on history.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hey, let's just say it, Kosovar, i.e. Muslim

    Wanna bet? Anyone?

    March 2, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    Newsflash... Not everyone in the world likes the U.S. and will kill Americans if they get a chance. Sad to see, but thats life. We Americans have killed many innocent people so the killing of two military members isn't very shocking.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kevin

    Hey CNN – The Frankfurt Airport is in FRANKFURT.... not in BERLIN........

    March 2, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Nasty & Brown

    American troops are generally not welcome anywhere. Especially in Iraq, Afghan, Pak, and the Muslim world in general. They are not desired in Latin & South America, Africa and the Far East. In Europe, they are not liked ideologically (too pro-war) but they are so economically dependent on them for the local economy that they are hard to move. Besides, the Americans always feed the 'boogeyman' of Communism, Bin Laden, etc. that many naively buy US garbage and the need for the troops. Naive Germans!

    March 2, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dürfen

    When people in Iraq or Afghanistn shot dead there who aren't American, you hear nothing bout that. But when two American shot dead, you do a huge ballyhoo. Have an American more worth than other citizien? In my opinio, an American is less worth than citizien of other countries. And American are more fat, more stupid and havem't got a nice culture, and are cursory!

    March 2, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • One Soldier who loves Germany

      Let me guess... your visa was rejected!!! LOL Sucks to be you!

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

      I assume you are German (because of your name...) let me tell you something:
      Deine Hass-Parolen sind hier sowas von unangebracht, deine Dummheit und Ignoranz ist ekelhaft. Jeder Mensch der auf grauenvolle Art und Weise stirbt, ist zu bedauern. Wenn du die USA und ihre Menschen nicht ausstehen kannst, was liest du denn ueberhaupt ccn? Such dir doch ein anderes Hobby wie Nasebohren oder so, das kannst du sicher ganz toll 😉

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

      Durfen get a grip. Have you ever been to America? I really doubt it. So stop saying ignorant things. I don't claim to know anything about your country if I haven't been there and interacted with the people. I'm not claiming America is perfect, we aren't by any means. Secondly, the fact that this gets it's own news article is because it was a murder that took place in a non war zone. It happened at an airport with plenty of civilians around. THAT is why. Not to say war zone deaths are any less important because that would be untrue. People dying from any country is a regrettable thing in my eyes. Yes, even I would care if you died, and I would even read an article about it if anyone cared to write one for you. By the way I hope durfen isn't really your name, or your parents are mean for naming you after a verb.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      und, gut gesagt Katharina

      March 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Good posting,Durfen. I totally agree with you.

      March 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Danke,Durfen. Ich komme mit Ihnen sehr uberein.

      March 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. International

    The US and Germany are actually very close. As an American, and living in Germany for 20 years now, there's more story than this–and has nothing to do with WWII or Germans hating Americans... That is ridiculous, period! Germany is a very powerful economic nation, and intricately interwoven into the US markets. As a people, the last thing on their mind is to get all tangled up in some unnecessary political mess. Let us not forget that most, if not all, critically insured American soldiers in the middle east, are transported to German to treated–often by the best German medical staff the world has to offer! We need the full story, CNN!

    March 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jamil behram

    i don't know wether this is terrorist act or not . .but i hope it's a terrorist act. .
    how you people can even to live with peace by occupying my land(palestine) ?
    how you will not be killed if you kill us in afghanistan ?
    how you want to be free if our brothers are in guantanamo bay ?
    you are killing our brothers and sisters regularly in PAKISTAN . .you still hope we will let you ? ?

    March 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |

      Then tell your JOKE of a COUNTRY to build a DECENT army and defend those fartholes you call countries yourself. Dude, you are seriously a MORON with a lack of oxygen to your brain. U.S. soldiers would enjoy nothing less than to be with their families in the USA. Instead, they are sent to the very fartholes you speak of (Afghanistan, Pakistan...and Palestine we have NO presence and this is NOT A COUNTRY...check a GLOBE). You just need to shut that cakehole of yours and learn that the countries that you speak of have MORON leaders, WEAK armies, and NO MORALS.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jake49

    It was Kosovo national??? Oh, you mean a muslim. C'mon tell it like it is people

    March 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Karen

    Two our our soldiers are murdered – I thought we were we respected around the world? Isn't that what Candy Crowley told Donald Rumsfeld?

    March 2, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • One Soldier who loves Germany

      Classic example of education failure Karen. You don't even have all the facts but are so quick to jump to conclusions. NEWS FLASH... Most Germans LOVE U.S. Soldiers, and we love them right back. 😉

      March 2, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Carol

    Seang, you need to bone up on your own history. Our country's have been pretty much founded and explored around the same time. By the way, I'm Canadian and we already beat your butts out of the country once. Ken, we fought 2 world war's with you guys, by the way, one of which you had to be dragged into it kicking and screaming. People always need to think twice about getting into wars, but unless you want to live under someone like Hiltler, sometimes there is no avoiding it. By the way, I agree that there are certain nameless people in our country who are rather cowardly when it comes to fighting for their country when needed.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Nasty & Brown

    Jim, you wonder is those 'peaceful' Muslims are involved. Remember many are Othodox Serbs who resent NATO rightfully bombing them. NATO finally did good after wimping out on Serbia's genocide in Bosnia.

    As for Muslims bombing you, could you blame them after your actions in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, etc? Everytime you go to that part of the world you create war and problems. Wouldn't blame them if they did it!

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