German official: Airport gunman a Muslim who wanted to kill American troops
Arid Uka is in custody after two American troops were killed and two injured at a German airport.
March 3rd, 2011
07:33 AM ET

German official: Airport gunman a Muslim who wanted to kill American troops

The man who shot and killed two American troops in Germany Wednesday was a recently radicalized Muslim whose aim was to kill American soldiers, a German official said Thursday.

The suspect seems to have been acting on his own, but had spent time on local radical Islamist websites, said Boris Rhein, interior minister of the German state of Hesse, where the shooting took place.

The 21-year-old man from Kosovo is in custody after two U.S. airmen were
killed and two others were wounded Wednesday in a shooting on a U.S. military bus at Frankfurt Airport, authorities said.

The suspect is named Arid Uka, from the northern town of Mitrovica,
Kosovo's interior minister, Bajram Rexhepi, told CNN, citing the U.S. Embassy in Pristina as his source.

Read about Wednesday's shootings that killed two U.S. Air Force airmen.

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  1. Yahya

    Doouubbtt it. 😉

    March 3, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm.

      I wonder why our intelligence agancys don't monitor the traffic of these hot spot websites and act on them.
      Common sense must not be in the handbook.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim in Florida

      Doubt what? That this slug acted on extremist Muslim views? I swear, a Muslim could walk into your home, murder your wife and children and shout "allah akbar" and some of you posting here would still not believe there is a problem with Muslim extremists.

      You tell us what motivated this young and impressionable Muslim then? We are waiting.

      I know what motivated him. I also know that tyhere are 1.5 BILLION

      March 3, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim in Florida continued

      I also know there are 1.5 BILLION Muslims worldwide. Let's postulate that only 1 per cent are "extremist" – that is 15,000,000.....15 million extremist Muslims roaming the earth.

      Ya think we have a problem, I think we do.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • IggyDad

      Remember yesterday when the right-wingers were shrieking that "CNN and other liberal media" (that's just plain silly, but that's another issue) wouldn't dare come out and say the gunner was a Muslim? Where are they now?

      I suppose it bothers them whenever news media actually seek out reliable information before reporting it and doesn't just rely on preconceived notions (Fox/GOP could take a few journalistic cues).

      March 3, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • jack

      But, Islam is a religion of peace. LOL

      March 3, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Yusuf

      I doubt it too. Fear mongering. Jim more like .000001% you do realize that according to the FBI 97% of terrorist attacks are done by non-Muslims right? In fact Christians make up the majority of terrorist activity in this wonderful country of ours.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Daveak47

      Filthy Murderous Muslims.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Muslims go anywhere, there is a fight.
      USA, Middle Eastern, Western & Eastern Europe, India, Indonesia, Australia & China. Everywhere they go, there is a fight!

      March 3, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • t

      @Yusef, quit making up false statistics. if 97% of terrorist strikes are from Christians as you say, where are those reports? The only ones I've seen tend to have names like Yusef and have long beards and turbins on their heads and yell alla ackbar and jihad as they are killiing Americans and Europeans...those amigo are not Christians, those are Muslims...97% my aunt fannie.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • CloverGirl

      JimInFlorida, I heard that 1% figure quoted as being from Glenn Beck. You can't trust a man trying to sell you gold and telling you to hide in your bomb shelter because the antichrist is stalking you to be reliable in guesstimating that percentage, either. There is no way to know what percent of Mulsims are extremists or terrorists, but your 1% figure is very high.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • anon

      Sorry but that 97% statistic is way off. 53% of deaths from terrorist attacks were at the hands of Muslims last year. We can't hide that fact.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • anon

      And the actual number of terrorists is closer to, at most, .00005%.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • sillywings

      because the world is all gumdrops and rainbows, and Obama is never wrong.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Offtopic

    Hmm. .'recently radicalized'. Hit a few websites and suddenly you're radicalized. Uh huh. Sure.

    March 3, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      No but if you shoot at a bus of soldiers in an airport, then you are radicalized.

      March 3, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • IggyDad

      What makes you think he didn't become radicalized BEFORE he started visitng those Islamist websites where he could consort with his loathsome brethren?

      March 3, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Chase

      @Albert E – "a lot of muslims are addicted to opiates?" – where did you learn that 'fact'? at a teabagger rally, perhaps? what nonsense.

      p.s. for the rest of you, you do realize that being from Kosovo, this killer looked like most Europeans, right? as in not Arab. he might even have blue eyes and blonde hair. so much for racial profiling.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Albert E is a POS

      @Albert E. You are such an ignorant and uneducated person. Go learn something before you say all that bs.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Flying Spaghetti Monster

      Don't be a racist, and you won't be tongue-lashed for saying stupid ignorant redneck things. Put down the meth, and rejoin the human-race, son. Did you happen to have a dishonourable-discharge?

      March 3, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • racecard

      LOL. Another dumbhass using the word "racist" involving a idealogy.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • norcalmojo

      Our definition of moderate Islam is pretty wide and that of radicalized is pretty narrow. It seems anything short of killing people is considered moderate. We seem pretty desperate to avoid the obvious.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Robert

    That this was an attack by a Muslim is no surprise to anyone keeping track of these types of events. But the fact remains that these radical Muslims still only represent an infinitesimal fraction of the total Muslims in the world. So in the end, there is nothing that can be done until technology is able to determine intent from person's brain waves/facial features.

    March 3, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • carlady

      How could you know that only a fraction are radicalized unless as you say "you cant look into their brains"? Their society celebrates deaths such as these and no one from their countries denounces these acts. The only reason they don't kill more is they don't have the power to do so at this moment, but they are gaining mighty power everyday.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Doba

      Carlady, Robert is right that a small number of young, disaffected men buy into the militant ideology of radical Islamists. However, one can't represent one fourth of humanity (almost one in every four human beings is Muslim) by the acts of a few. There is a problem of religious bigotry and even radicalism amongst some Muslims, but the millions upon millions who reject these people go unreported. Further, the democratic revolutions in the Middle East show a widespread rejection of al-Qaida: the protestors and rebels are not calling for an Islamic state but for freedom, democracy, and rights, the same things we value.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Yusuf

      Carlady if you did research you would find that ALL respectable and knowledgeable Islamic scholars condemn such acts. Thats like saying I don't hear Christians condemning KKK because they aren't out there every Sunday doing it and I don't listen to any christian preachers.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • TheSolution

      That maybe true – but if there were no Muslims then we would not have to worry about whether or not one was about to kill us.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      People here would rather he was christian. Is that right? There's christian nuts, too. Americans prefer their religious nuts abusing kids over killing soldiers.

      March 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Elchin

    Aha, a man from Kosovo wants to kill American soldiers. Those soldiers that saved Kosovo from Serbs. I am simply not buying it.

    March 3, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Neither am I. Being of German origen,I resent the presence of foreign troops in Germany but then again,I'm speaking for myself and if I make a lot of people mad here about it,so be it!

      March 3, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      There is no one so ungrateful as those who owe you.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Oleg

      ... for everything else, there is a MasterCard! Get yourself one and than try to "buy" this story!

      March 3, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      The American troops in Germany were invited/ask to maintain a presence after WWII, so you have no one to blame but your own government.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • matt

      Move back to Germany then.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      I'm an American. And I do live in Germany. Idiot

      March 3, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • MarginWalker

      Poland, France, Belgium, Norway, Holland, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, etc etc were also a little upset with the presence of German troops on their soil – try to be a little understanding...

      March 3, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      I meant the German government invited the Americans to stay after WWII

      March 3, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Elchin, you are absolutely ignorant! Saved Kosovo from Serbs? Kosovo was stolen from Serbs. Read up a little on Tachi and you will learn that he trades human organs and is the head of mafia who was also appointed president by the U.S. in Kosovo. The US does don, did not and will not save anyone. The US has its own agenda and anything the US does is to benefit US in one way or another. If whatever situation does not benefit the US, the US doesnt get involved. Please drop your dreams of spreading of democracy – this does not exist. And on the note of Kosovo, last time it took 500 years to get the turks out of Kosovo, it may take another 500 to get rid of the albanians that are falsly claiming our land, but it will happend – in this lifetime or the next!

      March 3, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • norcalmojo

      You must have missed the wikileaks. Most US intervention has been by request. Just because they ask for our assistance doesn't mean they won't be blame us for it.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Thank you, Bob. You said it all.

      March 3, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I'm for bringing everybody home and sell the bases. We don't need troops in Germany, i think they've come around.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JDsds

    Yeah. I'm sure all of you know more than the Germans investigating the case based on a few short paragraphs.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Boheme

      Very true, and those calling for Germany to hang him have foreign exposure likely extending only to the nerest shopping mall.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pastor Evans

    While Islam is going all over the world killing people (Christians, Military, Anyone who does not follow Islam), and causing all the chaos in the world, political leaders globally are silent!!! Weak people!!! Lord Jesus raise up your Kingdom people who are not afraid of the Devil!!!

    March 3, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Sinba

      Although all sane people agree it is wrong, but If you think any killing happened by a muslim, the reason for it was because the victim was not following the religion "Anyone who does not follow Islam" quote as you said; then there is serious reading you need to do because it is a matter of having the minimum awareness of what's going on in the world on that matter. For the people who know this first hand; there is no teaching in any religion either Christianity, Islam or Judaism that tell its followers to kill other people for not following the same faith. And for who claims that muslims celebrates those accidents; i used to live in egypt for a long time and that is not true. It saddens everyone !

      March 3, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Lucy

      Amen, Pastor Evans.

      Sinba, You are dead wrong. Only in Islam are you commanded to kill the infidel, Islam's leader Mohammed was a murderer. Contrast to Jesus who only preaches love, who said that even if you're angry with your brother, it is murder. Christians only try to convert out of love and have NEVER killed for that reason. And if you bring up the Crusades, that my friend was only to protect the Holy Lands from the MUSLIMS. Do not rewrite history.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Christians only try to convert out of love and have NEVER killed for that reason'
      Nonsense, how do you think it became the dominant religion in Europe? Peaceful conversion?

      'And if you bring up the Crusades, that my friend was only to protect the Holy Lands from the MUSLIMS. Do not rewrite history'
      You are the one rewriting history there. The crusades did not just attack muslims, it even attacked rival christian sects at times. Heck a few times they even joined forces with muslims to atttack other people.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • pedro

      Another call to re-start the crusades before we try a serious effort at defusing the situation. Very nice. We have consistently ignored the rights of Islamic people because we're just about their oil and Israel. There is a reason we are such a good scapegoat for the hate-spewing clerics. But besides hating the actions of the West, those in power do also hate some of the freedoms we enjoy because their people are jealous of that – they hate that we are westernizing their populations by example, and associatively their populations have right-sized their expectations of what government can/should do for them locally.

      They are ramping down a period much like when the West had Catholicism running everything. That wasn't pretty either. But we are seeing a turnaround as huge numbers of underemployed young turn their vitriol towards home governments who don't care if they remain unemployed forever or starve.

      GWB was right on one thing, we do want to see the Middle East go Democratic. He just totally screwed up what we should be doing about that. They need to do it for themselves, and we need to stay out of their way, help only when asked for it, and for God's sake don't give the radical mullahs who are desperate to deflect anger elsewhere more reason to point the finger at us.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe Dirt

      What an idiot.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Offtopic

    Robert I understand what you're saying and agree. You can't judge by religion alone. But the more these things take place, the harder it is for me to simply accept that this behavior represents such a tiny fraction of muslims while it 'comes as no surprise' that he was muslim.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • savannah

      In the past 10 years less than 1% of terror acts was done by muslims. The media that is our main source for news is selective. The word terror was not used to describe most of them.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • seanwalker

      Savannah your an idiot if you believe only 1% of terrorist attacks in the world are by muslims. Where are you getting your info from?

      March 3, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • savannah

      @seanwalker certainly not from CNN lol i dont know how deep your knowledge about the mechanism of how media works and what purposes it serves. But general knowledge for any one who had been reading about politics enough that our media "news networks, movies, talk shows" are sinfully selective they make us think that their role is to show us whats happening in the world around us and matter of fact is thats not true. I wish it was true. I dont blame you for your incorrect conclusion about the percentage of terror acts criminals because it is many people's full time job to make you and many people like you to be mislead to such conclusions.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. DaVid

    Hey pastor Evans, 80% of our inmates r Christian. Our Christian nation as murdered 500 million ppl in the 20 and 21st centuries. You have more of a chance of getting hit by lighting 35xs then dieing from an act Muslim terrorism.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • ntslkr

      Converting to Christianity after incarceration is not an unusual thing..

      March 3, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Lucy

      DaVid - The majority of inmates who are Christian became that way after incarceration, thanks to a time to reflect on life. Deception marks these last days of this age, so don't be deceived. Islam as a whole are out to take over the whole world and if you don't bow to Allah or Antichrist, you will die. Cabeesh?

      March 3, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Daniel

    Now we're going to see a lot of ignoramuses blogging in here to bash the Muslims as usual while screaming for the right of foreign troops to be in Germany. The question being,from exactly whom are we defending the Germans? From themselves? Let the ignoramuses answer that one!

    March 3, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      You do realize that as an international hub, which Frankfurt is, they act as transit point for people all over the world; the fact that these men were soldiers should not invalidate the ability for them to use the airport. Should we only allow military members to use military aircraft and military bases in their country or allied countries? (Which, Germany is an allied nation.) This proposition would create a logistical fallacy...I don't believe you know what you are talking about.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      You do realize that the American bases in Germany are not there in a defensive capacity don't you?

      March 3, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. DaVid

    I guess it's only okay to murder ppl when you have a us uniform on. 1.5 million dead Iraqis and counting.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Sadly enough DaVid,the ignoramuses feel that way and we have far too many of them in this country. That's why the Tea Party Movement is flourishing like it is!

      March 3, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I find it highly disingenuous to claim all 1.5 million dead as U.S. military responsibility. The Iraqi people have existed in an extremely fractious society and are no stranger to sectarian violence, this all occurring before U.S. invasion. Of course some deaths are to be expected from war, yet to claim that Iraqis or radical Muslim groups had no hand in the killings is just ludicrous.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimmychunga

      There is only 2.3 million in iraq, so does that mean half the population is dead...........Fool

      March 3, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • DaVid

      Iraq has 25 million ppl jimmychung. Do u know how to read?

      March 3, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • DaVid

      Chris, before our invasion Iraqis slept with their doors unlocked. They had the one of the lowest murder rates in the world. Do some research b4 u open ur mouth chimp.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Ah so you resorted to calling me a chimp and claiming I have done no research in expressing my views (which are correct, I might add.) Not only are you utilizing and ad hominem defense, you are claiming that you personally can attest that Iraq was a bastion of safety before the war and a model nation....This being the nation ruled by Saddam, a charming despot. Once again, I fail to see the validity in your statements.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Schlangemann

      Perhaps the reason the doors were unlocked is because:
      1) The doors were previously broken down by Saddam's murdurous police and therefore no longer close properly
      2) Locking the door would just make Saddams police irate, as now they have to break down the door to arrest you for sneezing while facing Mecca, increasing the chance of your pre-incarceration beating being fatal.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. kren

    sounds fake and staged to me

    March 3, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      You're an idiot. I live 1 hour away from the Frankfurt Airport and I assure you it was not staged. Moron

      March 3, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sagebrush Shorty

    Peaceful Islam strikes again.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • DaVid

      Just open ur daily paper and u will see news on Christians who murder. 80% of our inmates r Christian. With over1.5 billion muslims in the world and over 8 million in the USA alone Muslims r exponetially far more peaceful than Christians. There has been 1000s of hate crimes against Muslims since 911.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • citizen

      You are truly ignorant if you really believe what you wrote. I would research what a Christian is. I would also research more about Islam which is the religion of death.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe Dirt

      And ignorant hillbilly strikes again.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Michael in Houston

    @ROBERT That this was an attack by a Muslim is no surprise to anyone keeping track of these types of events. But the fact remains that these radical Muslims still only represent an infinitesimal fraction of the total Muslims in the world. --- Give me a break!!! "But the fact remains that these radical Muslims still only represent an infinitesimal fraction of the total Muslims in the world" – I call BS!!! They teach from a book of hate and spew the crap like a virus. Not one muslim is trusted in my eyes and never will be. I wish for open season one day soon....

    March 3, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      I know a few Muslims, and they are sickened (and I think scared) everytime something like this happens. They absolutely condemn this, and yet, they are powerless to stop it. It's an awful situation to be in. What would you do if your church was accused of killing indiscriminately around the world?

      March 3, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Offtopic

    Yes DaVid. But did those 500 million people die at the hand of Christians simply because they were NOT Christians? No

    March 3, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Simi

      Offtopic, and the ones killed by muslims are killed because they are not muslims?? No.
      I don't know why it is that christians immediately think that it is about religion. Yes they are Muslim, but what they are fighting are our western values and our interference with their countries and their way of living.
      There are millions of muslims out there who do not run a around killing people. Why is that? Based on your logic that they kill everyone who is not muslim, they should all be killing christians left and right. But that is not the case.
      When this one church in the US wanted to burn the Koran most people were opposed to that but for the outside world they were radical christians. If extremists as you say speak for an entire religion, then all christians are radical as well.
      If christianity is the religion of love, then why do we hate so much????

      March 3, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. rick

    That the so called peaceful muslim world does not try to police these people themselves or even voice a negative opinion of the muslims who do these things says everything. That is why all rag heads should die.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe Dirt

      Another idiot with online access.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • buster

      What compelled you to decribe yourself, Joe?

      March 3, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
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