JS points out, "This is just the latest in the climate of violence and terror coming out of Kosovo that should raise red flags. Back in 2007 you had Dritan Duka, Shain Duka and Agron Abdullahu arrested after meeting an FBI informant to buy three AK-47 automatic machine guns and four semi-automatic M-16 rifles so they could attack Fort Dix. In 2009 you had the arrests of Hysen Sherifi and Daniel Boyd – among others – in Kosovo for plotting an attack on Quantico.
Of course there was also the news back in January of the Council of Europe alleging that top government leaders, including Hashim Thaci, participated in the trafficking of human organs before, during and after the 1999 conflict [covered extensively at Atlas here, here.]
The ememdia is reporting a "lone" jihadi. How the hell do they know what Islamic group Arif Uka belonged to? We are always being admonished not to rush to judgment (they are still scratching their heads over the Fort Hood jihadi — Gd forbid they rush to judgment), but these devout bastards can wail Koranic verses while they are mowing people down — but Gd forbid we say it.
How many have to die before we can call this war what it is? How many?
No independent state for Kosovo! Are they crazy?
Two shot dead as 'Kosovan' gunman opens fire on bus picking up American soldiers from Frankfurt Airport Daily Mail
- Lone Kosovan gunman, 21, shot dead soldier and driver
- Kosovan authorities identify suspect as Arif Uka
- The bus driver and a passenger are dead
- Troops had just arrived in Germany from Britain
- 'Too early to say if it is terrorist attack,' say police
Two American airmen were shot dead and another left fighting for his life today after a Kosovo Albanian gunman stormed their bus before opening fire at Germany’s busiest airport.
Some media reports said the gunman identified as Arik Uka, 21, shouted out 'Islamic slogans' before opening fire.
He gunned down his first victim as the soldier stood in front of the vehicle at Terminal 2 before turning his weapon on the driver as he sat behind the wheel.
Investigation: Firemen attach blankets to the U.S. military bus where two American airmen were shot dead at Frankfurt Airport today
Deadly: The troops had just got off a flight and were being taken to barracks when a Kosovan man opened fire
A fourth man was lightly injured and both he and the gravely wounded man are now being treated at the city’s University Clinic Hospital.
The airport, continental Europe’s second biggest after Paris, is routinely used by American soldiers based in Germany for arrivals and departures.
It is understood the soldiers were based in Germany and had just returned from a long-haul flight from the USA, although some media reports claimed that were from Lakenheath in the UK, site of a huge U.S. airbase.
Police arrested the Kosovo man yards from the bus with the automatic weapon he used. He was also armed with a knife.
Stationary: The bus was parked outside Terminal 2 of the airport when the attack occurred
En route: The soldiers had just arrived in Germany having left their Lakenheath base in Britain
FRANKFURT, A HOTBED OF EXTREMISM IN WEST GERMANY
In the murky world of international terrorism, the city of Frankfurt comes up again and again.
It was here that 9/11 terrorist Mohamed Atta was observed buying chemicals while he was based in Germany
In 2007, terrorists were plotting to strike the airport on the sixth anniversary of 9/11.
Prosecutors said they disrupted what would have been the 'worst terror attack in German history'.
The group were jailed for between five and 12 years in March last year after being found guilty of plotting to cause explosions several times bigger than on 7/7.
Fritz Gelowicz, 30, and Daniel Schneider, 24, were jailed for 12 years. Adem Yilmaz, 31, was told he must serve 11 years behind bars abd Attila Selek, 25, was given five years.
Frankfurt, in the south-west of Germany, has a population of 2.3million people.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin that two 'American soldiers' had been killed, as she condemned the 'terrible incident.'
'We'll do everything possible to find out what happened,' she pledged. She said her sympathies were with the victims and their families.
At the airport, taxi cab driver Salimi Seraidon said he was sitting at a stand about 200 yards away when the attack took place, and that it was over quickly as police rushed onto the scene.
'We just heard the shots,' he said
At least one round pierced the window of the bus that contained young American airmen, all of whom were dressed in civvies.
Most of them required psychological counselling after the attack, according to German police.
Flights around Europe continued to operate normally after the ambush as a massive security operation at the airport swung into operation.
'Only time will tell if this terrible and shocking act has a terrorist background,' said Boris Rhein, interior minister of the state of Hesse who was supervising the police investigation.
Armed police threw a cordon around part of the terminal and sniffer dogs were used to check if any bags bearing bombs had been left in the airport building.
'We cannot exclude anything at the moment, ' said the minister, 'We will have to take a very close look at the perpetrator.'
Police spokesman Jürgen Linker said; 'Everything happened inside the bus.'
Eyewitnesses said the man 'infiltrated' himself among the GIs before shouting out radical Islamic slogans and then reaching into a bag for his gun.
Kosovo Interior Minister Bajram Rexhepi said that the gunman had been identified as Arif Uka a Kosovo citizen from the northern town of Mitrovica. He had recently been living in Germany.
'This is a devastating and a tragic event,' Rexhepi said.
U.S. soldiers arrive at the scene in the wake of the shooting: There had initially been fears that there might also be a bomb at the site
At the scene: The German chancellor Angela Merkel said everything would be done to get to the bottom of the killings
'We are trying to find out was this something that was organised or what was the nature of the attack.'
Although the motives for the attack are still unclear, many Kosovans are Muslims, raising the suspicion that Islamic extremism may have been a factor behind the attack
In the States, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Patrick Meehan, said in Washington that it looked like a terrorist attack.
Investigators spend the afternoon carrying out a finger-tip search of the scene. The wheel of the bus where the driver had been sitting was swathed in sheets.
Only last year the interior ministry in Berlin put Germany on high alert for a terror attack after receiving information that al-Qaeda was planning 'a bloodbath' because of German involvement in Afghanistan.Read more: the rest here.
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