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Two American Air Force members shot dead, two wounded in Germany

by Jorge Hernandez on March 3, 2011

In what is being called one of the most serious attacks on the American military in Germany in decades, a gunman from Kosovo recently opened fire on a military transport bus that was driving a number of American personnel through the Frankfurt Airport, according to The Independent.

Two men – the bus driver and an airman – were killed and another two were injured. Their names are being withheld until the families are notified. The New York Times reports that the two individuals who were wounded are in severe and serious conditions, respectively.

Police managed to subdue the attacker in a matter of minutes. He told the authorities that his name was Arif Uka and stated that he the only person involved in the shooting. While Germany has recently lowered its terrorist threat level, it remains to be seen whether the country will judge this as an act that was motivated as part of a concerted interest.

Some prosecutors have deemed the shootings as motivated by Islam extremism, because Uka was a devout Muslim.

"The circumstances raise suspicion that the attack had an Islamic motivation," the federal prosecutor's office in Karlsruhe, Germany, said in a statement, The New York Times reports.

Still, there is no evidence that Uka had been working with other terrorism organizations and some speculate that it may have been an attack independent of any extremist groups.

The group of military personnel had arrived from London and were headed toward the American military base at the town of Ramstein. The soldiers were in uniform and were about to be deployed to Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama has said that he was saddened by the attacks.

"We will spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place," he said in a statement, "and in working with German authorities to ensure that all of the perpetrators are brought to justice."

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