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. Reader

    All you have to do is read the Koran. To Muslims the Koran is the direct words of their Moon God. Sadly, those words tell them to kill and subjugate the infidels. Any Muslim disputing this is either a liar or an apostate.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DogWithoutSlippers

    Lay you odds it was a dirty muslim who murdered our Troops.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Army Wife

    I dont think its right for certain info to be brought out in an article any one can read this and re target the shuttles.
    My condolences to the families of those soldiers . Our prayers are with you guys!!
    Hoo ahh

    March 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. beercan thick

    fuc*ing muslims all must die.....

    March 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Cut the Tea Party lingo,will you? It makes me sick. Besides,we need troops in Germany like I need a flat tire. Both are equally useless!!!

      March 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NOZZLE

    Either a muslim or a Serb striking a blow for the illegal occupation of his homeland.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. clem

    Gee... were they carry weapons for self defense??

    Of course not.... America has become a laughing stock. Our citizens and soldiers are targets and are not allowed to defend themselves..... What a joke!! Thanks again Obama and Clinton!!

    March 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Blob

    Don't tell us Libs, this is all Bush's fault, right?
    Where's that idiot Obama? On vacation again?

    March 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lt Richard Jones

    Katy, I'm sorry to have to tell you this in such a public forum, your boyfriend died while saving the life of others. He was a great soldier and the whole squad will miss him terribly. Stay strong as our hearts and prayers are with you. Rick

    March 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Patrick

    I think I'm going to be sick. My 2 1/2 year old grandauter lives 10 minutes from there. I know this is an isolated incedent, but right now these words sure sound hollow.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gramps

    It's quite obviousto me we need to get our troops out of Germany immediately.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jokubas60

    Apparently CNN's reporter in Germany is unaware of the meaning of the word "caliber." He reported today that the shootings were done "with pistols or rifles, but apparently nothing of higher caliber."
    Caliber is a measurement of the width of a bullet, which is determined by the bore (diameter) of the inside of the gun's barrel. Pistols and rifles can be high-caliber, such as .44 magnum, .10mm, 45 caliber, or .50 caliber. These are very large-caliber bores, and bullets aren't made any wider than that.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Syd Bloom

      The danger to US Citizens throughout the world is in direct comparison to the weakness and incompetence of the POTUS. Jimmy Carter has returned to once again weaken, destroy and bankrupt America.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orly

      Or maybe... the reporter is saying that they weren't high caliber handguns/rifles. Also, bullets definitely come in bigger sizes than .50 cal bro, try again.

      March 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikol

      To my fellow SF family worldwide I am sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

      March 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Travis

      In guns including firearms, caliber or calibre is the approximate diameter of the barrel and by extension the projectile used in it, measured in inches or millimeters.

      In a rifled barrel, the distance is measured between opposing lands or grooves; groove measurements are common in cartridge designations originating in the United States, while land measurements are more common elsewhere. It is important to performance that a bullet should closely match the groove diameter of a barrel to ensure a good seal. When the barrel diameter is given in inches, the abbreviation "cal" is used in place of "inches." For example, a small bore rifle with a diameter of 0.22 inch is a .22 cal; however, the decimal point is generally dropped when spoken, making it "twenty-two caliber" or a "two-two caliber". Calibers of firearms can be referred to in millimeters, as in a "caliber of eighty-eight millimeters" (88 mm) or "a hundred and five-millimeter caliber gun" (often abbreviated as "105 mm gun").

      While modern cartridges and cartridge firearms are generally referred to by the cartridge name, they are still lumped together based on bore diameter. For example, a firearm might be described as a ".30 caliber rifle", which could be any of a wide range of cartridges using a roughly .30 inch projectile; or a ".22 rimfire", referring to any rimfire cartridge using a .22 caliber projectile.

      In some contexts, e.g. guns aboard a warship, "caliber" is used to describe the barrel length as multiples of the bore diameter. A "5-inch 50 caliber" gun has a bore diameter of 5 inches (127 mm) and a barrel length of 50 times 5 inches = 250 inches (6.35 m).

      March 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • sidney crosby

      You do know caliber has more than one meaning? This is the english language, you know with over a million words and with words having multiple meanings...

      Caliber can mean the bore of a bullet or it can relate to quality or degree or worth of something. So when he's talking about nothing of higher caliber he's referring to nothing of better degree than the pistol etc. So nothing of more power than that.

      March 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annieb123

      In the grand scheme of things, is a debate over "caliber" of the gun more relevant to the the tragedy that the loss of lives or the proclivity of people everywhere to address their grievances with their perceived injustices in the world with violence against the innocent instead of rhetoric? Who really cares outside of the police and forensics really cares what size bullet or the subject matter expertise of the reporter in describing the caliber? Are we missing the larger picture here?

      March 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kishke

    Ah, a Kosovo citizen. In other words, a Muslim. Surprise, surprise.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • blondes

      it`s not really surprising me... -.-

      March 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • deizop

      Now they know how people of kosovo will thank them for supporting them, they made another muslim country, they gave country to their enemy

      March 4, 2011 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. DUH

    "YOUNG KOSOVO NATIONAL"= MUSLIM

    March 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truthful

      You Racist. Or should I say typical, ignorant, arrogant Right Wing American? Either way, I got it right

      March 2, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldschool

      Racism has nothing to do with it – whether the suspect is muslim or not...if he is, what do you do, defend him for following his religion? If he isn't, then what do you do.....

      March 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DUH

    Dear US troops, STOP FIGHTING FOR THE GLOBAL CORPRATOCRACY AND GET HOME AND PROTECT US FROM OUR CRIMINAL ROGUE GOVERNMENT ! ! ! ! !

    March 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Overseas military wife

      Hey duh your talking to the wrong people. Speak to their commander not them. They don't have a choice and we would love for them to come home.

      March 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orly

      duhmas

      March 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      Yeah come home...LMAO. Do you even know how the military works?? We are stationed here in Germany @ Ramstein where one guy was from and we would love nothing more than to come home! You are an idiot, like we have a choice where we go. Before you start spouting off at the mouth, learn the facts!

      March 3, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. rick from Oregon

    MACE!! I am going to expose you for the pseudo-intellectual you are. Arch-Duke Ferdinand was killed by a Serb!; not a Kosovarian as you so ineptly put it. And it did not happen in Yugoslavia as you said because yugoslavia did not exist as a country at that time. The whole territotry was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. MACE? Does your mind also travel in a circular fashion as those traffic circles you love do?

    March 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allie

      @ Rick From Oregon. he was killed by Princip a Serb because Serbs feared that they again were going to be the victims of another cruel empire ( they were under the Turks for some 400 years before).

      He wasn't killed by a "Kosovarian" because a) that ethic group simply doesn't exist
      b) Kosovo never existed as a country so therefore wasn't one at that time
      c) Kosovo today is not an official country, and shouldn't be.

      Although all of this is irrelevant since the killer in Germany was an ethnic Albanian Muslim from Serbia's southern province : Kosovo.

      March 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
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