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. Horst

    I left Germany in the late 60s.came to my country of choice.Did very well here.retired Airfoce and retired from the workfoce.Uncle Sam takes good care of me.Iam glad us and germany are good friends.I have american friends that love me and i will always love america.In collage(mit) all my friends where americans.they where just as smart as me.duerfen i must say you dont know what you are saying.So crall back under your rock.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carol

    My husband was stationed in Germany. We for the most part were very welcomed in Germany. We lived off base and our landlady thought the world of us. I saw the most problem with the younger generation, but the older that lived through or right after W W I I would thank my husband. We would go to German outings and never felt like we were not welcomed. I enjoyed my time there, and so did my children. Most Germans that I met have no problem with the military bases being there.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ivan

    According to German TV station ZDF the shooter is Serbian from North Mitrovica, Kosovo.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • -Sepp

      Ivan, Serbs don't shout "alahu akber" mainly because Serbs are Orthodox Christians.

      March 3, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Sasha

      It is such a big and bad lie! The Serbs have fallen victims of probably the worst lies and propaganda in modern hystory, for political reasons. And Croats (even Hitler was sick with their ghastly crimes in the WW2) cleansed them from Serbian Kraina, Srebrenica false myth was created, and Kosovo people were made a state as a reward for terrorism, kidnapping people on national basis and harvesting their organs, and levellin down hundreds of Christian churches and graveyards – all for installing Bondstill military basis for free.
      But making a deal with criminals and terrorists, as we can see, does not pay in the long run. They tend to turn on their allies after a while.
      .... ....
      Europe at least must heal itself morally.
      Truth, if not justice, must prevail some day. Amen!

      March 3, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
    • deizop

      This is most stupid thing i ever read in my life

      March 4, 2011 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tina

    To all US military. While the global elite are destroying your country they have gotten you to believe the lie that what you are doing (The Mission ) is patriotic. COME HOME NOW WE NEED YOU HERE.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      Hey Tina, are you really that dumb?? What a great world it would be in we got to choose where we live as military. We are in Germany and can't wait to get out of here. I can't believe you people who more than likely do NOTHING for our country sit back on your asses and tell troops to come home. It's really quite funny. Yeah military love being away from their family and love to fight this war. Get a life and learn how the military works! For people who joined the military BEFORE Sept. 11th, have been in for some time and it's not easy to just get out, even when your time could be over. Most have families they have to support. Believe it or not, lots of military people don't believe in this war, but guess what....they don't have a choice especially in this economy and guess what else? We can't choose our damn bases!

      March 3, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Horst

    At Beth!You are absolutly right..he is just a narrow minded a..hole.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Vernon

    Shame on CNN for hiding the real problem (Islamic based terrorism/murder). What.. then think if we play politically correct and ignore the religion and its zealots it will go away??!!! Wake up people, islam is in violent conflict with all non-muslims everywhere in the world, and has been since its inception. The religion REQUIRES this behavior from its devoted followers.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      well, thanks to US and EU muslims got two states in the heart of Europe....Bosnia and Kosovo.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Steel

    Rest in Peace Defenders.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. conny

    so how come that this guy got on the bus if security is so "tight"?? once again they want to talk their way out...makes me sad because im german citizen living in the US

    March 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Petra Brooks

      Conny, bist Du das? In Hinesville?

      March 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Combat Trucker Girl

      Security is tight INSIDE the airport. That bus was a military operated vehicle. Please know what you are commenting on before you assume that you know what you're talking about.

      March 2, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      Combat trucker......YES! I agree, people are running their mouths when they have no clue what they are even talking about. Saying "come home troops and stop fighting this war" LMAO! Freakin' idiots. We live less than an hour from that airport and 5 minutes from Ramstein where one of the men killed left from yesterday morning. Do you people think that every damn american who is stationed here doesn't want to be home??? Seriously? People who want to make comments like that,,,,just keep sitting on your asses at home, while people like my husband fight this war. FYI: not every military member agrees with this war. Some have been in too long to lose the retirement they have built up. That's where we are...living in Germany, wanting to move home so bad, but we also need to make a living.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Count Yob

    It's time to end the costly US occupation of Germany and other countries. Bring all our soldiers home, muster them out of the military and use the savings to reduce the humongous Federal deficit.

    March 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orly

      Right... let's stimulate our economy by making thousands more unemployed...

      March 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sad

      Your ignorance negates your right to use the word "Our" when describing Soldiers as you obviously do not support them or appreciate anything they do.

      March 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Horst

    At Dan Scott! You got to be the biggest idiot i have ever met.Germany is 43% catholic,41% lutheran and only 4% muslim.

    March 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Petra Brooks

    German National living in the US!

    Honestly, I am horrified by the idiotic comments made on this message board. All of you who talk negatively about Germans on here or condemn them for one thing or another – SHUT UP! You don't even know what you are talking about. I for one can say this and be right about it. I was born and raised in Germany and have lived the past 20 years of my life in the US because I am married to an American. Germany is one of the most CIVILIZED countries anyone could live in and YES, we are very proud of our country. However, THIS STORY does not even have ANYTHING to do with Germans!!!!!!!!!! DUH!!! Therefore, it is easy to figure out that the folks with negative comments are just haters who have nothing better to do.

    Now, what I said should not upset anyone because it's all facts, but I'm sure I'll get beat up anyways. Bring it on! After all, I am one of those hated Germans but that also means I'm tough and I can take it...

    What people should focus on, rather than beating up on other nationalities, is the fact that 2 innocent people have lost their lives and 2 others are wounded.

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


      Please ignore the ignorance displayed by many on these boards; you are right the main issue is extending sympathies to the families of the victims and wishes for speedy recovery to those wounded.

      Those blaming Islam are equally ignorant; at least early reports the shooter was of Serbian origin meaning...someone perhaps with a grudge against US for HELPING the moslem population of Kosovo in the 90s....ok by bombing Serbia..but that stopped a genocide so...

      Anyway, just a friendly word noting many Americans have warmest regards for Germany and Germans, ignorance spewed on the Internet is just that.

      March 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brother

    This is the thanks American troops get for helping him and his Muslim brothers in Kosovo. The religion of peace at it again.

    March 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Milos

    Name of attacker is Arif Uka declared by Kosovo police ,thats a muslim name

    March 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • leonardo

      can u provide a link of where u got the name of the suspect.

      March 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. doro

    The right wing is once again pumping out the Limbaugh line that awful acts such as this reflect "weakness" in the White House–that this is somehow President Obama's fault. Let us not forget that 9/11 occurred during the Republican presidency of George W. Bush; let us not forget that the bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon occurred during the iconic Republican presidency of Saint Ronald. Look up the dates for the Achille Lauro incident and the Lockerbie bombing. These things are so dreadful, and so bipartisan, and have so little to do with the putative "toughness" or lack thereof of the current chief executive (and so much to do with the bizarre and disastrous foreign policy of all US administrations for more than 50 years), that it is all the more disgusting and abhorrent that right-wingers immediately try to exploit them to launch a political attack on President Obama. Families have lost their sons today, you dreadful people.

    March 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ed bailey

    Don't worry about the Germans we taught them a lesson in 1918 and they have hardly bothered us since then!

    March 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
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