Saturday 24 March 2018

Gunman in airport bus attack admits targeting Americans

David McHugh in Frankfurt

Arid Uka grew up in a well-kept immigrant neighbourhood in Frankfurt as the son of a relatively prosperous, not all that religious family of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo -- a group notable more for their pro-American outlook than for mosque attendance.

But somewhere along the way, Uka turned.

German officials said yesterday the 21-year-old temporary letter sorter with the postal service had admitted targeting Americans when he opened fire with a handgun on a busload of 15 US airmen at Frankfurt's airport on their way to deployment in Afghanistan, killing two and wounding two more.

A federal judge in Karlsruhe ordered the suspect to be held in prison on two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder pending further investigation. German investigators said so far the indications were that Uka turned only recently to extremism.

German officials said that he had contact with other radicals through social networking sites, but it appears he was not part of a terrorist organisation.

"From our investigation so far we conclude that he acted alone," Hesse's top security official, interior minister Boris Rhein said. "So far we cannot see a network."

Irish Independent

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