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. Jon

    Radical Muslim: A generic term to describe all muslims.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Farah

    Terrorism does not have a nation or a religion. It's just bad people.

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

      You really cannot be that stupid to believe what you wrote can you?

      March 3, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • DaVid

      I agree, we have had dozens of non Muslim terrorist attacks since 911. In 2008 a white Christian was arrested with high powered rifle and wigs for planning to shoot Obama.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Simi

      Farrah, well said. Unfortunately there are so many ignorant people out there who think they know it all probably because they watched FOXX NEWS all day long.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Paul NYC

    In other words, another loser in life who needed justification for lashing out. Radical Muslim, my eye. This guy is a plain old nut who probably got rejected by the real radicals and decided he was going to show THEM...he'd show them all! Enjoy prison, moron.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pat

    Bet the Airmen were wearing their uniforms...worst OPSEC ever.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      OPSEC? Then what's your answer for the USO in the Frankfurt Airport with the big sign above it?

      March 3, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      Pat.............since the airmen were deploying, should they have been wearing suits instead?

      March 3, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. John

    I thought for sure he would have been a radical Christian... There is not radical muslims...They are Muslims. He believes he is doing good according to his faith. Doing evil for good is never GOOD. Anyone who is blogging here that somehow this man is justified is not rational. Being in the military, I can say most if not all troops would love not only to be out of Germany, but everywhere else. Why wouldn't a soldier not love being at a barbecue in the good ole US of A. It's becasue of nut bags(past and present) that we are all over the world. If we stayed isolated like we did before WWII, the world will only drag us in the mud again. This is a World War and until the West wakes up(I mean really wakes up) it will lose.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • DaVid

      I guess it's cool to murder when you have an army uniform on huh? Millions of dead innocent Muslims in Iraq and counting.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. citizen

    President Obama keeps saying that we are not at war with Islam. Would someone please notify him that Islam is at war with us?

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

      80% of our inmates r Christian. The act of one guy out of 1.5 billion doesn't equate war chimp. U have a pro war with Iran agenda right traitor ?

      March 3, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Marnie

      But are these inmates killing in the name of religion? Nope. Sorry pal, Islam is primitive and violent

      March 3, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Kuffar

      @DaVid, but it is not just this one guy. There are Muslims all over the world that are killing non-muslims and it has been that way for over 1400 years.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. John

    So tell me. Why is a radical Muslim working at a Airport? You know I have read many stories about how some foreign Airports just got tired of all the security and simply began to stop doing some of it. This is typically why we keep getting attacked. We let our guard down and then they attack.

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

      Oh my, have you ever seen the airport security at our airports? If someone wanted to, they could also board a bus that is standing outside of the terminal and start shooting. What are you going to do about it???? You might be able to shoot them afterwards, but that's about it.
      And do you remember that those flights on 911 all left from US airports??? But of course we need to find someone to blame right? Even today, if someone really wants to bring a weapon on a plane, they would be able to do so. All the questions they might ask you before boarding a plane and the luggage checks would not prevent this. This is what is being done to keep us flying and to make us feel safe.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Norm.

    No surprise here.
    Another tool of The Great prophet Satan strikes again.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. John

    Daniel is so SMART. He know everything. It's sad that you have such a stong Jewish name. Daniel you should change your name to Ishmael. You degrade people so you can Think you are better. Get out into the real world and see what's going on and stop reading what you only think is the answer.

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

      My first name may be Jewish John, but my last name is German and I still say "a Germany for the Germans" just like Gen.Charles De Gaulle once said, "a France for the French" and he was right!!!

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

      Daniel......do you live in Germany?

      March 3, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. scott

    I'm shocked at how many subject-matter experts there are living on the other side of the world that have only read a story or two about this and now have an infinite knowledge of how U.S./German relations/politics work.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. DaVid

    Millions dead, injured, homeless, societies destroyed all from our wars in the last 10 years. Do u think the world hates us?

    March 3, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bob1

    Wow...what a surprise – another coward does his deed.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. travis

    Torture them muzzies live on pay per view balance budget with proceeds privatize the war create more effective deterrance

    March 3, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. dogmohammmedisone

    "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."

    That's comparing pples and oranges. The difference is that Muslims TARGET those who their RELIGIOUS FALSE PROPHETS tell them to. Christians don't murder Muslims just because they're Muslim! There is NO CHRISTIAN leader saying kill Musllims. Can you realize that's different?

    March 3, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. v

    For some reason, media don't seem to be interested in the fact that the attack was carried out by a Kosovo Albanian – same as the four busted few years ago for planned attack on a military base in NJ. Is that a shame to show we had exploited an extremist terrorist movement (KLA) in order to protect our interests in southern Europe/Balkans?

    March 3, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • John.k

      #1 Your ignorant , the KLA never harmed anyone but the serbian army that came into Kosvo claiming its theirs.
      #2 Your country had a Genocide going in Bosnia and Kosovo , so please dont try to put dirt on Kosovos name.Your not to talk.
      #3 Yes he may be from Kosovo, but here is one thing i can guarantee you : Take him back to Kosovo and let him Walk around on the streets for about 10min and watch him die.

      Kosovo Loves America and they know it, please just accapt the fact that Kosovo is a Free Republic Country and ther is nothing you or serbia can do about it.

      Enjoy your day buddy

      March 3, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
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