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. craig

    clearly Obama did it

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

    We're at RAF Lakenheath... and it very well could be someone we know... so don't attacked panicked loved ones.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. One Soldier who loves Germany

    We need to get more information about this situation. It could be terror or it could be something personal. Either way I love germany. It has much love for U.S. Soldiers. Once I retire I plan to work over so my wife can spend more time with her family.

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

    STOP THE BS, WE STILL DON'T KNOW IF THE CRAZY DUDE IS FROM KOSOVO OR WHERE, IF HE IS FROM KOSOVO WE DON'T KNOW IF HE IS ALBANIAN OR SERB EVEN IF HE IS ALBANIAN WE DON'T KNOW YET IF HE IS MUSLIM, CHRISTIAN, OR ATHEIST(WHICH ALMOST 30% OF ALBANIANS ARE) THERE'S NO NEED TO PREDICT ANYTHING OR TO ATTRIBUTE TO THIS TRAGEDY A RELIGIOUS, POLITICAL OR WHATEVER SIDE TO IT. FOR THE MOMENT WE JUST KNOW HE IS A CRAZY DUDE NO MATTER WHAT NATIONALITY IS
    REST IN PEACE TO THE VICTIMS
    GOD BLESS USA
    FROM KOSOVO.

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

      is right.. they don't know is the guy is a serb or albanian. in other hand the soldiers in kosovo are multinational. you can find soldiers from from Italy , France, Turkey, Greece, Romania, Germany, Austria , Poland , ect. the US soldier in KOsovo are not a big group as you think.

      March 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allie

      Ya the US arent really present in Kosovo... Camp Bondsteel doesnt exist

      March 2, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paul

    Durfen & Daniel, you are both ignorant and uninformed so please take a flying leap.

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

    One American was killed. The other death was a German bus driver.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. IDIOT POLICE

    When you spew your mouth about what you don't know about Germany and its people, it only makes you look STUPID. The German-American relationship is stronger than most think. As an American, take it from me...I have lived near Frankfurt for 5 years. I speak GERMAN. I live like a German. The Germans treat me as one of their own. The US soldier is NO DIFFERENT. Germany has NO animosity toward the U.S. soldier or Americans in general. I think about 90% of these comments are from people who have never seen Germany other than on TV. Move to Germany, learn the language, and talk to Germans...then you will see how Germans will take you in. Otherwise shut your barfing cake holes, imbeciles.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Being of Spanish origen,I would deeply resent the presence of foreign troops in my country. The way most of these ignoramuses keep ranting on about Germany,one would think that national pride had already become a thing of the past in that country.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT

    I noticed that back in 1956 many Russians were killed in Hungary. How many of you ignoramuses also believe that the Russians had a right to be in that country? I guess that I won't get an answer here!

    March 2, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. JohnMcLaugh

    oh noooooooo

    March 2, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. AeroJack7

    God bless the injured and murdered. The sacrifice you and your family have given to our country is not lost on most of us. Some may mock your sacrifices, but those of us that believe in freedom and liberty praise your spirit. I truly hope that those of us that have good hearts can help alleviate the pain you may feel at this time. Your loss is also our loss. Thank you for your service.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Good grief AeroJack7,will you cut out the right-wing mumbo-jumbo? It gets awfully corny!!!

      March 2, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mad!

    My sons flight from Afghan was delayed do to thi crap!

    March 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Proud American

    Dürfen, I am sorry you are filled with such hate for Americans. If you hate us so much why are your posting on an American based news blog? Are you so lonely that you need the attention?

    March 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jerry

    If you look at politically incorrect history that does not get taught you will see muslims sided with the nazis during ww2.
    Himmler's prized Kosovo muslim 13th Waffen SS Mountain Division killed a lot of Americans in Italy and north Africa. So this does not surprise me at all even though we saved them from the Serbs in the 1990's. It is pretty obvious that we took the wrong side during that conflict.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Proud Airman

    Just to clarify, they were Airman, not soliders! According to the report they were Security Forces Airman. There is a difference.

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